This year’s Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters winner, Stefanos Tsitsipas, cruised past Benoit Paire 6-1 6-2 after 54 minutes to move into the third round of the Madrid Mutua Open.
Tstitsipas is tied with Andrey Rublev for the most tour-level wins in 2021 with 27 victories.
Tsitsipas took a 3-0 lead with a break in the second game. The Greek player sealed the first set 6-1 with his second break at love. Paire received a visit from the trainer due to an abdominal injury.
The second set started with a trade of breaks. Tsitsipas earned two consecutive breaks in the fifth and seventh games to close out the second set 6-2. He will face Casper Ruud, who eased past Yoshihito Nishioka 6-1 6-2 with two breaks of serve in each set.
Tsitsipas leads the ATP Tour Race to Turin by over 350 points over Rublev. He has a record of 10 wins to just defeat on clay in 2021.