TennisSection previews the 2022 Rotterdam Open as StefanosTsitsipas takes on Alex De Minaur in the quarterfinals on Friday, February 11th, 2022.
Stefanos Tsitsipas cruised into another quarterfinal at the Rotterdam Open and will get his first acid test on Friday when he faces the quick feet of Alex De Minaur. Will the Australian dump the much-fancied Greek out of the tournament?
Stefanos Tsitsipas was at his scintillating best on Thursday as he crashed the Belarusian No. 1 Ilya Ivashka for the loss of just five games. After a tight opening set, Tsitsipas made his move in the 10th game of the set forcing Ivashka into a few loose groundstrokes. The Greek took the opener 6-4 and kept motoring. The second set was one-way traffic as Tsitsipas needed just 25 minutes to romp to victory. The top seed finished the match tallying 21 winners including nine aces. He will face an intriguing matchup against Alex De Minaur on Friday.
Alex De Minaur continues to grow in the tournament as he reached his first quarterfinal at the Rotterdam Open. De Minaur, unlike Stefanos Tsitsipas, was pushed to the absolute limit by Mackenzie McDonald in the Round of 16 on Wednesday, before closing out a 7-6 1-6 6-4 win. The Australian reacted brilliantly to losing the second set 6-1 and going down a break at the start of the third set. De Minaur got an extra day’s rest ahead of his match with the Greek on Friday.
Stefanos Tsitsipas leads Alex De Minaur 6-0 in their head-to-head. As staggering as that lead reads, De Minaur has actually played decently in most of those matches including their most recent clash at Indian Wells last year. Tsitsipas has found an excellent level at the Rotterdam Open to put him in pole position to take home the title this weekend. There are a lot of things that Tsitsipas seems to be doing right including a very efficient forehand that completely obliterated Ivashka on Thursday. De Minaur will bring intestity and a lot of firepower, but that head-to-head cannot be deemed redundant.
Free Tennis Pick and Prediction: Stefanos Tsitsipas in 3 sets.
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