Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, current champion of the Nitto ATP Finals, won this Sunday 6-1, 6-3 in 69 minutes of play against the South African Kevin Anderson, a two-time Grand Slam finalist, in the first match of the second round of the Cincinnati Masters 1000, which this year is disputed in the bubble of New York Flushing Meadows, where next week the US Open, due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Tsitsipas, the fourth seed, he had no problems in always imposing the rhythm of the game with his serve and blows from the back of the court that gave his tennis great consistency to define the game in his favor.
Also, Anderson, current number 123 in the world, is very far from the way that led him to be a finalist in the US Open, when he became the sixth in the world, which made the triumph of the Greek star much easier.
Tsitsipas was very strong from the start of the game, putting pressure on Anderson when attacking his second serve. The Greek was aggressive when given the opportunity, also taking advantage of the unforced errors of his 34-year-old rival, who broke serve four times, and saving all three break points he faced.
The key moment came with 2-2 in the second set, when Tsitsipas had a 0/40 against his serve, but the recovery of the blows from the back of the court and the errors of Anderson they combined to save the break and from there everything was favorable for the Greek.
The rival of Tsitsipas in the next round the winner of the match between the American John isner and the australian John millman.
The Belgian David goffin, seventh seed, also made it to the third round by defeating the Croatian 7-6 (6), 6-4 Borna Coric. GoffinFinalist last year in the same tournament, he was the one who best adapted to the hard court and always scored the decisive goals.
The equality of the game was reflected in the scoreboard, which in the first round had to be defined by the tiebreaker after a round trip tennis, but in the end fell on the side of Goffin, who admitted that winning it had been decisive because then he gained confidence in his game. Especially in the power of his serve, favored by the speed with which the ball bounces on the hard court and that in the end made the difference.
Goffin now dominate Coric 5-0 in their duels as professionals, with their most recent meeting in Halle 2016. The next rival of Goffin will be the winner of the duel between the Canadian Denis Shapovalov, twelfth seeded, and the German Jan-Lennard Struff.
In doubles, the pair formed by the Spanish Marcel granollers and the Argentine Horacio Zeballos, fifth seeds, won 6-4 and 7-6 (1) to the Indian Rohan bopanna and the canadian Denis Shapovalov in a first round match. Rivals of Granollers and Zeballos in the second round it will be the Americans Taylor fritz and Reilly opelka, who also won this Sunday 6-3, 6-7 (3) and 10-6 against their compatriots Jack sock and Sam querrey.
Results 1st round
Tennys Sandgren (USA) bt Lorenzo Sonego (ITA) 6-3, 7-6 (7)
Marcos Giron (USA) bt Mackenzie McDonald (USA) 7-6 (2), 7-5
Aljaz Bedene (SLO) to Christian Garín (CHI / 13) 6-4, 6-7 (8), 6-0
Karen Khachanov (RUS / 11) bt Alexander Bublik (KAZ) 6-4, 6-4
Richard Gasquet (FRA) bt Jeffrey Wolf (USA) 6-4, 6-4
Emil Ruusuvuori (FIN) to Sebastian Korda (USA) 7-6 (3), 4-6, 7-5
Diego Schwartzman (ARG / 9) to Casper Ruud (NOR) 7-6 (2), 6-3
John Isner (USA / 16) bt Hubert Hurkacz (POL) 7-5, 6-4
John Millman (AUS) bt Adrian Mannarino (FRA) 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (2)
Daniel Evans (GBR) bt Andrey Rublev (RUS / 10) 7-5, 3-6, 6-2
Grigor Dimitrov (BUL / 14) bt Ugo Humbert (FRA) 6-3, 6-4
Márton Fucsovics (HUN) bt Norbert Gombos (SVK) 6-3, 6-4
Results 2nd round
David Goffin (BEL / 7) bt Borna Coric (CRO) 7-6 (6), 6-4
Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE / 4) defeated Kevin Anderson (RSA) 6-1, 6-3