After controlling early action against local favorite Corentin Moutet on Thursday, Stefanos Tsitsipas survived a tense finish to advance to the quarterfinals at the Rolex Paris Masters.
With his 6-3, 7-6(3) win, Tsitsipas advances to his 14th quarter-final of the season and keeps his hopes alive of ending the year atop the Pepperstone ATP Rankings. He has risen two places this week to No. 3 in the Pepperstone ATP Live Rankings, and could top Rafael Nadal and Carlos Alcaraz with deep runs in both Paris and Turin.
“I’m happy because I knew that I not only had to deal with a player today, but also with the crowd,” Tsitsipas said after battling Moutet and the French crowd. “It’s not something I really think about when I play, but it’s kind of present and it’s there. It worked really well for me towards the end. I was very solid and consistent, knowing that I can really generate more chances from my serve.
“I was laser focused on every single spot,” he continued. “I played some good short, deep shots, and it was a really good finish.”
The Greek dominated the first set with a strong serve and held three break points at 0/40 at the start of the second. But Moutet’s battlefield dominance changed the face of the match and invited the center court crowd into action, the 23-year-old scoring 16 straight points on his serve as he put pressure on Tsitsipas.
“I need to stay calm right now,” he said of that crucial period. “I’ve had situations like this in the past and I know how it feels to not be able to get through those situations. But I knew he’s really focused and focused; that’s maybe his last chance to show anything. So he was just trying to stay in the moment. , waiting for the opportunity maybe later in the set. Eventually, with my qualities as a player, I was able to get the best out of my game.”
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The fifth-seeded held his own and did not face a break point despite Moutet’s late rally, then turned the deciding play-off around after falling behind 0/2, winning his last four points to secure his leading 59th win. in the Tour of the 2022 season.
While Moutet did much of his damage with his skillful touch, Tsitsipas’s most important weapon was his serve as he won 91 per cent (30/33) of his first serve points. Thanks in large part to his powerful serve, he spent much of the match on the front foot, hitting 29 percent of his shots from attacking positions according to INSIGHTS: In Attack metrics.
Advanced to the Paris quarterfinals for the second time (2019), the Greek will now face American Tommy Paul, who beat 14th seed Pablo Carreno Busta 6-4, 6-4 in the final match of the day. After Paris, Tsitsipas will close out the year by making his fourth consecutive appearance at the Nitto ATP Finals in Turin, starting on November 13.
Moutet, who matched the biggest win of his career by beating World No. 13 Cameron Norrie in a match that ended at 3:03 a.m. Thursday, was competing in the third round of an ATP Masters 1000 tournament for the first time. . weather.