Stefanos Tsitsipas storms through first test at US Open


Aiming to make a real run at the US Open for the first time in his young career, No. 4 seed Stefanos Tsitsipas got off to a smooth start in 2020 with a 6-2, 6-1, 6-1 win over Albert Ramos-Vinolas in Round 1.

The Greek tennis player lost just four first-serve points and imposed himself in nearly all of Ramos-Vinolas’ service games, breaking the Spaniard seven times and winning 53 percent of return points.

The match wrapped up play after one hour and 38 minutes, with Tsitsipas taking the last six games on the trot, punctuated with a sailed backhand off the racquet of Ramos-Vinolas.

Stefanos Tsitsipas cracks 38 winners in his first-round win over Albert Ramos-Vinolas. Photo: Al Bello / Getty Images.

Tsitsipas struck 38 winners and 26 unforced errors on the day, a nod to his aggressive game plan.

“I had a clear picture of what I wanted to do out there,” Tsitsipas said on court after the match. “I was able to get my returns really deep, which gave me a psychological advantage in the match.”

Tsitsipas moves to 2-2 at this event and aims to reach the third round in New York for the first time.

He next faces American wild card Maxime Cressy, who defeated Jozef Kovalik 6-1, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 for his first Grand Slam win.




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