Last Updated on October 29, 2021
Frances Tiafoe, a representative of the young generation of American tennis players, defeated Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece for the second time in a season. At the Erste Bank Open in Vienna Tiafoe defeated Stefanos Tsitsipas 3/6, 6/3, 6/4.
Tiafoe is now facing Stefanos Tsitsipas for the 3rd time this season. The first time they faced off this year at Wimbledon, Frances defeated the Greek in three sets. The second time they played at the Olympics in Tokyo, Tsitsipas won in two sets. After that match, the players settled on a head-to-head score of 4:2 in favor of Stefanos Tsitsipas.
VIENNA | Frances Tiafoe is through to the quarter-finals after an epic three-set victory over top seed Stefanos Tsitsipas – 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.
Qualifier Tiafoe, who was 0-3 down in the deciding set, takes on eighth seed Diego Schwartzman next. 👊🏾
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Francis Tiafoe commented on his victory over world No. 3 Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece in the quarterfinals of the tournament in Vienna.
“I want to play. I want to be there, I want to give it my all. It almost doesn’t matter who you play against. Obviously, I wanted to beat Tsitsipas. I just like playing in front of the fans. It feels like home. I feel like that’s what it’s all about, Sometimes the result almost doesn’t matter. The kids come here, the parents of these kids who pay their hard-earned money to come to watch me play,” the official ATP website quoted Tiafoe as saying.
A familiar opponent
Francis has already played four matches at the ATP Vienna tournament, as he started his way through the qualifiers and is well used to the local courts. He faced Diego Schwartzman twice this season at the ATP Barcelona and ATP Cincinnati, both times losing in three sets.
The ATP Vienna event had a prize pool of € 1,837,190. Rublev of Russia is the reigning champion as he defeated Lorenzo Sonego of Italy in the final. Rublev will not be able to defend his title as he is currently competing in the ATP 250 tournament in St. Petersburg