Greek tennis star Stefanos Tsitsipas was thrilled with the way he performed against No. 24 seed Lorenzo Sonego in the Miami Masters round-of-16.
Tsitsipas, seeded at No. 2, booked a straight-set 6-2 7-6 (2) win over Sonego to make his maiden Miami quarterfinal.
Tsitsipas got off.to a perfect start to the match, having broken Sonego in the second game.
The Greek then earned his second break of the match in the eighth game to win the opener.
“I’m playing well, feeling well, and enjoying these moments on the court,” Tsitsipas said in an on-court interview, per the ATP website. “I’m thrilled to be playing the way I’m playing. I’m having a great impact with my game so far this week, so it’s important for me to capitalise [on] that.
“Each single opponent has been a separate challenge, and I’ve been managing to find solutions against them. It’s important for me to have matches like this.”
Tsitsipas had a much tougher job in the second set
As not a single break point was seen in the second set — the set went into a tie-break — in which the two players were tied at 2/2 before Tsitsipas won five points in a row to seal a straight-set win.
“I was expecting him to raise his level. When you’re one set to love, you feel like you have nothing to lose,” Tsitsipas said. “He definitely improved, so he was a much more difficult opponent in the second set than he was in the first.”
Tsitsipas was coming off a tight third round clash as he beat Kei Nishikori in three sets to.make the round-of-16.
“I tried to play sticking on baseline and I was able to play that way in the 2nd set, but it was physically tough and I had no room anymore, couldn’t focus at the beginning of the 3rd set. Sometimes I also rushed in long rallies, couldn’t play with enough perseverance,” Nishikori said after the match.