It’s not often that two players who have met in the semi-finals of an ATP Masters 1000 event clash in the second round at the same level two years later. But this time, there was far less drama.
Reigning Nitto ATP Finals champion Stefanos Tsitsipas ousted two-time Grand Slam finalist Kevin Anderson 6-1, 6-3 to reach the third round of the Western & Southern Open.
It was not an easy draw for the Greek star, who saved a match point against Anderson, then-World No. 6, to reach the final of the 2018 Rogers Cup. Anderson is currently World No. 123 after an injury-laden 2019. The South African also underwent right knee surgery this February.
Tsitsipas looked sharp from the early stages of the 69-minute match, putting pressure on Anderson by attacking his second serve. The Greek was aggressive when provided an opportunity, also taking advantage of unforced errors from his 34-year-old opponent. The fourth seed broke serve four times, saving all three break points he faced.
More to come…