Tsitsipas grins in Belgium: Straight-Set triumph against Van de Zandschulp propels him to quarterfinals.

Stefanos Tsitsipas defeated the Dutch player Botic van de Zandschulp with a score of 7-5, 6-3, advancing to the quarterfinals of the European Open.

The 2-time Grand Slam champion faced a challenging opponent in the world No. 67, van de Zandschulp. Despite the Dutchman's strong service game, and the absence of prior encounters between the two players, Tsitsipas had not been in the best form in recent months.

Tsitsipas came out with a determined attitude right from the start of the match, seeking to prolong rallies and apply pressure on his opponent's serve. The Dutchman began somewhat imprecise, with only a 53% first-serve percentage, while Tsitsipas had a slightly better 59%.

Both players faced break points against their serves early in the first set. Van de Zandschulp managed to save the three break opportunities that Tsitsipas had, but the Greek player conceded his service game in the third game, giving an advantage to Van de Zandschulp.

The world No. 67 held a 4-2 lead, but Tsitsipas broke back to even the score at 4-4. Despite facing two break points again, the Dutch player couldn't capitalize on them and ended up losing his service game just when it seemed a tie-break might be on the horizon. Tsitsipas closed out the set 7-5.

In the second set, Tsitsipas stepped up his game and secured a crucial break in the fourth game, which proved to be the decisive advantage for him. This win marked Tsitsipas's first victory against Botic van de Zandschulp, with a final score of 7-5, 6-3, in an hour and 37 minutes. The match transitioned from a hard-fought first set to Tsitsipas's dominant performance in the second.

In the quarterfinals, Stefanos Tsitsipas will have to await his opponent, who will emerge from the match between the former US Open champion Dominic Thiem and the 5th seed, Yannik Hanfmann.

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