‘It’s very satisfying to be playing that level of tennis,’ says Stefanos Tsitsipas after Dan Evans demolition

Stefanos Tsitsipas in action

Stefanos Tsitsipas says his dismantling of Dan Evans in Hamburg has been ‘good for his confidence,’ as has a return to clay.

Tsitsipas endured a disappointing US Open, losing in the third round to Borna Coric. He then followed that up with defeat at the Rome Masters to Italian youngster Jannik Sinner.

There were no signs of that poor form in Hamburg, though, as he ran through Evans 6-3, 6-1 in less than an hour.

“It’s very satisfying to be playing that level of tennis, as I’ve missed playing on clay,” said Tsitsipas.

“It helps for my confidence. I’ve watched this tournament on TV since I was very young and I’m delighted to have gotten off to a strong start.”

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There was disappointment for young Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime, though, as he lost 6-4, 6-2 to lucky loser Alexander Bublik.

Andrey Rublev, meanwhile, put in a dominant performance on serve to overcome Tommy Paul 6-1, 6-3, 6-2.

Roberto Bautista Agut was also in action, beating Dominik Koepfer 6-3, 3-6, 6-3.

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