Tsitsipas Wins Twice On Busy Day At Queen's Club
Greek star completes first-round win over Edmund earlier in the day
Stefanos Tsitsipas came within three points of becoming another big-name casualty on Thursday at the Fever-Tree Championships, but fought back to reach the quarter-finals on his debut at The Queen’s Club.
The top-seeded Greek broke back when Jeremy Chardy served for the match at 5-4 en route to a 4-6, 7-6(0), 7-6(4) victory over two hours and 38 minutes.
Tsitsipas, in just the 13th tour-level grass-court match of his career, saw last year’s semi-finalist Chardy comeback from 2-4 down in the decider to lead 5-4, but showed tremendous mental strength and a growing belief in his grass-court tennis. London resident Chardy is now 0-6 on grass against Top 10 opponents.
The Greek, who is now 33-13 on the season that includes two ATP Tour titles at the Open 13 Provence (d. Kukushkin) and at the Millennium Estoril Open (d. Cuevas), goes on to face eighth-seeded Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime or Nick Kyrgios of Australia on Friday.
Earlier in the day, the 20-year-old Tsitsipas had completed a 6-3, 7-5 first-round win over Kyle Edmund, carried over from Wednesday evening due to rain. The pair had resumed at 3-3, 30/30 in the second set, with Tsitsipas requiring seven match points in a 16-point final game that ended with a backhand winner down the line.
World No. 30 Edmund, a quarter-finalist at the tournament in 2016, was returning to action after retiring at Roland Garros due to a knee injury earlier this month. He drops to a 6-11 mark in 2019.