Tsitsipas stuns Anderson in three set thriller to reach QF's
Rising star Stefanos Tsisipas took down first seed Kevin Anderson in spectacular fashion to reach the quarterfinals at Millennium Estoril Open.
The 19-year-old Greek player, who made the final in Barcelona last weekend, lost the first set 6-7 (2) but fought back to effectively win the next two 6-3 6-3 and seal the third win of his career over a Top 10 player (d. Goffin in Antwerp and d. Thiem in Barcelona).
Strongs gusts of wind and fading light provided a very challenging backdrop for the much anticipated clash and it was the #ATPNextGen Tsitsipas who was least affected. He saved the only two break points he faced all match and triumphed after two hours and 12 minutes of play.
A strong showing from the Greek youngster who came to Estoril at a career high ranking of No.44 in the world and looking to go one better than in Barcelona and lift his first trophy in and ATP event.
"It felt awkward out there. I think both of us didn't play our game. It's tough to deal with the wind and we both made a lot of mistakes. I tried to concentrated on the ball and stay calm. After the first set I ironically became more relaxed and when I got the first break I felt pumped and believe I could win. I had good return games and started to get into his mind," said Tsitsipas in his post-match press conference.
In the quarterfinals Tsitsipas will go up against Spaniard Roberto Carballes Baena, who defeated Brit Cameron Norrie in the longest match of the current edition of the Portuguese Tournament.