Stefanos Tsitsipas saves match points against Dimitrov in Rome and moves on
Grigor Dimitrov and Stefanos Tsitsipas have been seeing each other a lot of recently with today's clash the 3rd in a month. They played in Barcelona and Tsitsipas won that one. They played in Madrid last week and Tsitsipas won that one as well. Now they played in Rome and Dimitrov almost won this one. The Bulgarian had two match points in the 3rd set but he failed to convert either.
But let's go to the beginning. Tsitsipa and DImitro knew exactly what to expect of each other but the Greek was able to jump out to an early lead against Dimitrov who looked quite flat. Eventually, he found a rhythm but it was late by then as Tsitsipas cruised to a 6-3 fist set finish. He cruised in the 2nd set as well, at least until 5-4 when he served for the match.
He lost his serve without winning a single point in that game and he completely crumbled. He went on to lose 3 more games and give away the set 5-7. The final set started better for Tsitsipsa early as he had 0-40 but once again he failed to use it. He was simply too careless when it mattered the most and it almost cost him. Towards the end of the set, Dimitrov had two match points but failed to use them.
In the tiebreak it was Tsitsipsa who was more stable closing it out with 7-4.