Tsitsipas overpowers former world No. 3 Raonic to advance at US Open

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Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, the No 7 seed, reached the second round of the US Open by winning against Canadian Milos Raonic at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York.

Tsitsipas dominated the game with ease, dropping only five games in the first two sets and then responded to Raonic’s 4-2 lead in the third with successive breaks, ending with a win of 6-2, 6-3, 6-4.

Tsitsipas broke Raonic twice in the opening set and stepped up when it mattered most in the second set, scoring the lone break of the set at 4-3 after a forehand error from Raonic. It appeared that Raonic might extend the match after breaking Tsitsipas for a 4-2 lead in the third set, but the Greek quickly raised his level and swept through the last four games of the match.

The Greek comfortably served out the match on his first attempt, firing an ace to advance after one hour and 56 minutes. He finished the night with 24 winners to just 20 unforced errors.

Tsitsipas expressed his pleasure post-match, stating, “It was fun to play high quality tennis against a champion like Milos. I had to bring my A game from the very first point. I made it physical and it worked.”

The Greek will next face the winner of the match between Dominic Stricker and Alexei Popyrin.

Source: ATP Tour

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