US qualifier Tiafoe surprises Tsitsipas to reach Vienna district
VIENNA (AP) – US qualifier Frances Tiafoe rallied to beat Stefanos Tsitsipas 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 at the Erste Bank Open on Thursday for his second victory in four months over the Greek favorite.
Tiafoe beat Tsitsipas in straight sets in the first round at Wimbledon in June, but failed to win a set when the pair met again at the Tokyo Olympics the following month.
However, the 49th-ranked American proved his triumph at the All England Club was no fluke, as he fought 3-0 in the final set to win six of the next seven games.
Thursday’s victory was Tiafoe’s first in seven games against a top-three player, as Tsitsipas reached his career third in August.
The result deprived Tsitsipas of a 15th quarter-final of the season at the top of the circuit.
In his fourth quarter-final of the year, Tiafoe will face Diego Schwartzman, who outlasted Gael Monfils 7-6 (5), 4-6, 6-2.
Second seed Alexander Zverev defeated Alex De Minaur 6-2, 3-6, 6-2 for the German’s 300th career victory.
“It’s definitely a big step for me,” said Zverev, who will next face Felix Auger-Aliassime.
The sixth-seeded Canadian saved three match points before defeating Britain’s Cameron Norrie 2-6, 7-6 (6), 6-4 in a match between two contenders for the remaining tickets to the final of the ATP in Turin next month.
Jannik Sinner extended his indoor winning streak to 10 games and 20 sets by beating Dennis Novak of Austria 6-4, 6-2. The Italian, seventh in the standings, will move to eighth in the race to the finals if he beats Casper Ruud in Friday’s quarter-final.
The fourth-seeded Norwegian edged last year’s runner-up Lorenzo Sonego 7-6, 4-6, 6-4.
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