Stefanos Tsitsipas and Jannik Sinner presented their candidacy for the title defended by Carlos Alcaraz. The Greek tennis player and the Italian responded in their debut with the same forcefulness that the Murcian tennis player had done the day before to access the round of 16 of the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell by getting rid of, in two sets and by the same result (6- 2, 6-4), of the Argentines Pedro Cachin and diego schwartzmanrespectively.
“I love clay. It’s like painting a canvas. I feel flow. I can vary the blows, find alternatives, ”Tsitsipas assured after his victory over Alex Corretja, who interviewed him for TVE. And although it was his debut, his special relationship with clay was noted on the court.
a bad memory
Tsitsipas, dethroned in Monte Carlo a week ago, He arrives wanting to do well in Barcelona where he has already played two finals (2018 and 2021) and still has special memories of the last one in which he had a ‘match ball’ against Rafael Nadal. “You can’t anchor yourself in those memories. You suffer from them for days and weeks, but these experiences also help you grow through them ”, he recalled after beating cachin.
The Argentine tennis player he stood up to him. He even had his brilliant moment with a blow that raised the public, which filled the center again, when crossing the ball, from behind, from the bottom, which would have signed the Greek tennis player on his best canvas. But Tsitsipas put one more march. He adjusted the precision of his shots by painting lines with his powerful forehand and after making the ‘break’ (3-2) he did not let go of the advantage to score the victory in 78 minutes. The next test for him today will be the Canadian Dennis Shapovalov.
Results this Wednesday
Tsitisipas (Gre, 2) to Cachín (Arg), 6-2, 6-4; Sinner, (Italy, 4) to Schwartzman (Arg), 6-2, 6-4; Shapovalov (Can) to Kovalik (Esl), 6-4, 6-3; From Miñaur (Aus, 8) to Shevchenko (Rus), 6-0, 6-1 Dimitrov (Bul, 11, 14) to Gómez (Ecu), 6-3, 6-1; Norrie (GB, 7) beat Kotov (Rus), 6-1, 6-2; Nishioka (Jap, 16) defeated Goffin (Bel), 6-1, 7-5; Cerúndolo (Arg, 15) to Passaro, 6-2, 6-2.
In the previous game, without aspirations to paint any canvas, but with an equally forceful and powerful game, Sinnergot rid of schwartzmann, semifinalist last year. The Italian tennis player, who perhaps arrives in Barcelona loaded with matches, added the 25th victory of the season (only 6 losses), after winning the title in Montpellier and arrives in Barcelona after playing the final in the Masters 1,000 in Miami, where he defeated in the semifinals alcaraz.
The 21-year-old Italian and current world number 8 could meet the Murcian tennis player again, but to do so, both should reach the final this Sunday. Today Alcaraz will return to the Rafa Nadal center to face Roberto Bautista. They have only met once before on the circuit and the memory for the 35-year-old veteran tennis player from Castellón is not exactly good. It was last year in Indian Wells. He was only able to win two games (6-2, 6-0).