Stefanos Tsitsipas will look to finally get another deep slam run under his belt when he begins his US Open on Monday. He begins with what should be a fairly straight forward match against the Spaniard Albert Ramos Vinolas. Tsitsipas is yet to make it past the second round in New York and followed up his breakout 2019 Australian Open with four pretty disappointing outings at the slams.
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Ramos is far more at home on clay courts as his titles and finals at both ATP Tour and Challenger Tour level show. Of the 21 finals he has made across both tours, only the Chengdu Open was not on his favoured surface. Ramos is now on a seven match losing streak at slams, having not won a match since the 2018 French Open – where he made the third round. With a number of players choosing to prioritise the French Open, it comes as somewhat of a surprise that he did not do it also.
There were high hopes for Tsitsipas coming into 2020 after he pulled off a shock win at the ATP Tour finals. A third round loss to Milos Raonic at the Australian Open doesn’t look so bad now but better may have been expected of the Greek at that stage. He did however show some form with two straight finals before the tournament shutdown and made the semi finals of the Western & Southern Open, losing to Raonic once more in straight sets.
It would be very surprising were Tsitsipas unable to make it to at least a career best of the third round here but he may well fancy his chances to be a semi finalist with a quarter that doesn’t look all that threatening on paper. Seeing off a clay specialist with the minimum of fuss in round one should ensure he conserves enough energy for tougher tests to come.
While many players are likely going to find it difficult playing without crowd support, the Greek was more philosophical about the prospect of matches/tournaments without fans. “[The controlled environment] gives me, in a way, a different approach towards my tennis. It gives me an opportunity to focus more on my tennis and less on what is happening outside of it, which is great,” said Tsitsipas. “[This situation] gives me an opportunity to practise a lot, discover myself more being out on the court, love my sport even more, appreciate my sport more.”
Prediction – Stefanos Tsitsipas in straight sets