After a wild Thursday in Rome, things should be slightly calmer on quarter-finals day of the Italian Open. The highlight on the men’s side is the clash between Roger Federer and Stefanos Tsitsipas, who play for the third time this year. Tsitsipas was successful at the Australian Open while Federer won in straights a month later in Dubai.
Federer was one of many who had to play twice on Thursday, beating Joao Sousa fairly easily in his first match to book a clash with Borna Coric. It was his third match on the clay that saw the loser hold match points before falling to defeat. For the second time, it was the Swiss that was on the winning side – eventually coming out on top 2-6 6-4 7-6. “Definitely, again, felt like I got a little lucky obviously. Borna had the lead. There were crucial moments throughout the match, second set and third set, for me to stay in it. Things definitely went my way tonight,” Federer said.
Tsitsipas’ day consisted of two fairly comfortable matches against home favourites. Young hopeful Jannik Sinner was dispatched early in the day while his victory over Fabio Fognini ended a long day for the crowds at the Italian Open. With a lot of tennis under his belt in recent times, the Greek could have been forgiven for a letdown in the night match. However, he broke early in both sets to take control while nipping any comebacks from Fognini early on following his breakbacks in both sets.
Tstispas may be somewhat disappointed to not be the night match again having not come off court long before midnight local time. However, the manner in which he won means there should not be too much fatigue from two matches in one day. The Greek continues to play high level tennis and a win over Federer would go further in establishing his credentials as a legitimate contender for the French Open. Tsitsipas has only made two Masters 1000 quarter finals in his career but has won them both, going on to make the final in both instances.
Prediction – Stefanos Tsitsipas in three sets