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Stefanos Tsitsipas advances through to Monte-Carlo Masters quarter-final

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Stefanos Tsitsipas, fourth seed of the Monte Carlo Masters 1,000, defeated Cristian Garin in the round of 16 on Thursday 6-3 6-4 and will play in the quarterfinals against Alexander Davidovich.

Tsitsipas fired 17 forehand winners and won 75 per cent of his net points (15/20) to reach the last eight in one hour and 40 minutes.

A marathon 15-minute game at 4-3 in the first set, the Greek managed to come out on top to get a game clear of Garin. Tsitsipas managed to chain a good winning streak at the end of the first set and at the beginning of the second to race ahead of his opponent.

Photo: CORINNE DUBREUIL/ATP Tour

Tsitsipas extracted multiple backhand errors from Garin and, after trading breaks late in the set, he converted his first match point with a powerful overhead at the net.

“It was a really difficult task to complete. Cristian played good tennis and gave me a hard time out on the court,” Tsitsipas said in his post-match interview. “I stayed composed and focused throughout the entire match.

“Things seemed not to be going my way towards the end of the second set, but I stepped back and left my mark. Things worked out well. I was fighting [and] I was putting my best performance out there. I was creating a lot of opportunities with my forehand and I think my serve paid off pretty well.”

Stefanos Tsitsipas is still chasing his first title of the season.

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