Stefanos Tsitsipas cruised to a 6-3, 6-1 win against the UK’s, Daniel Evans, in the first round of the Hamburg European Open on Wednesday in Germany.
Tsitsipas won 14 of 19 points at the net, struck four aces and saved the only break point he faced in the 59-minute encounter. He will face Uruguay’s Pablo Cuevas in the second round.
“It’s very satisfying to be playing that level of tennis, as I’ve missed playing on clay,” the Greek tennis player said in an on-court interview.
“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.”
Tsitsipas turned defence into attack to force a forehand error from Evans for a 3-1 advantage in the 29-minute first set, which the Greek closed out to love with a forehand volley winner.
Evans was continually pushed deep behind the baseline at the AM Rothenbaum.
Tsitsipas broke the Briton in the third game of the second set, with a deep forehand return and forehand approach combination.
The World No. 6 was later the recipient of backhand slice errors from Evans when leading 3-1 and 5-1.