Tsitsipas outlasts Baez at Madrid Open; Swiatek advances

Stefanos Tsitsipas felt like his rival was as quick as a cheetah on heart courtroom on the Madrid Open.

Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas celebrates some extent in opposition to Argentina’s Sebastian Baez throughout their match on the Madrid Open tennis match in Madrid, Spain, Monday, Might 1, 2023. (AP Picture/Manu Fernandez)(AP)

Level after level, his opponent Sebastian Baez stored chasing down balls to remain in rivalry within the third-round match.

The third-seeded Tsitsipas got here by within the clutch moments, although, incomes a 7-5, 3-6, 6-3 win over the Thirty first-ranked Baez on Monday to safe a spot within the final 16 of the clay-court match.

Tsitsipas received the final 4 video games of the opening set and the final three of the third to advance.

“I had to bring the best out of my game,” Tsitsipas said. “He wasn’t missing much. Of course he’s someone that covers and runs around the court pretty well. He definitely utilized that pretty well against me, being able to navigate himself throughout the entire court with ease, just gliding through the court like a cheetah.”

Tsitsipas broke for 5-3 within the third set and saved two break factors earlier than serving it out.

“He really fought for every single point,” Tsitsipas said, “and I’m glad obviously that I overcame this.”

Tsitsipas, searching for his first title of the season, improved to 8-2 on clay. He was a finalist within the Australian Open and final week in Barcelona. He additionally was a finalist at Madrid in 2019, and a semifinalist once more in 2022.

Ladies’s world No. 1 Iga Swiatek dropped her first set of the match earlier than securing a 6-4, 6-7 (3), 6-3 win over Sixteenth-seeded Ekaterina Alexandrova. She might be making her first quarterfinal look in Madrid in opposition to Twenty seventh-seeded Petra Martic, who superior previous Eleventh-seeded Barbora Krejcikova 6-3, 7-6 (1).

Swiatek is the primary participant to succeed in the quarterfinals or higher at eight consecutive clay-court tournaments since Simona Halep made it to 10 in a row between 2016 and 2019.

Third-seeded American Jessica Pegula, final 12 months’s runner-up in Madrid, reached the final eight by beating Martina Trevisan 6-3, 2-6, 6-3.

Second-seeded Aryna Sabalenka superior after ending Russian teenager Mirra Andreeva’s spectacular run on the match.

After three straight-set victories in opposition to top-40 opponents in her main-draw debut, the 16-year-old wildcard entry misplaced 6-3, 6-1 to Sabalenka in her first center-court look in Madrid.

Andreeva turned the youngest participant to succeed in the final 16 of a WTA 1000 occasion after upsetting 2021 U.S. Open finalist Leylah Fernandez within the first spherical, 14th-ranked Beatriz Haddad Maia within the second and Nineteenth-ranked Magda Linette within the third. She received 16 straight matches in any respect ranges earlier than falling to Sabalenka, her first Prime 10 opponent.

“I’m really happy with the result,” Sabalenka mentioned. “In the first few games I was just trying to adjust to her game and her rhythm. After that I started feeling my game a little bit better and started playing better.”

Sabalenka, the Australian Open champion and the 2021 Madrid Open winner, has reached the quarterfinals or higher in all seven tournaments she has performed in 2023, carrying a 26-4 file for the 12 months.

Her subsequent opponent might be Mayar Sherif, who beat Elise Merten 6-4, 0-6, 6-4 after almost three hours to develop into the primary Egyptian to succeed in the quarterfinals of a WTA 1000 match. She was already the primary Egyptian girl to play in a Grand Slam, and the primary to win a tour title.

“It means a lot, just mentally, to be able to know that I can do this, that I can compete at the highest level in tennis,” said the 59th-ranked Sherif, who lives and trains in Spain. “It gives me a lot of motivation to keep improving … and to obviously take that confidence for the rest of the year.”

Ninth-seeded Maria Sakkari superior over home-crowd favourite Paula Badosa 6-4, 6-4, whereas Twelfth-seeded Veronika Kudermetova beat eighth-seeded Daria Kasatkina 7-5, 1-6, 7-6 (2).

Males’s No. 2 seed Daniil Medvedev twice rallied from a break down within the final set to succeed in the final 16 on the expense of fellow Russian Alexander Shevchenko by 4-6, 6-1, 7-5. The victory took Medvedev to a tour-best 33-4 file. He’ll subsequent face qualifier Aslan Karatsev, who defeated Sixteenth-seeded Alex de Minaur 6-3, 4-6, 6-4.

In different males’s matches, eighth-seeded Taylor Fritz beat Cristian Garin 6-1, 7-6 (4), Zhang Zhizhen upset Eleventh-seeded Cameron Norrie 2-6, 7-6 (2), 7-6 (2) and Bernabe Zapata Miralles outlasted qualifier Roman Safiullin 6-3, 3-6, 6-3.

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