Stefanos Tsitsipas aims to secure his place in the European Open semi-finals when he plays Yannick Hanfmann on Friday. The…
Stefanos Tsitsipas aims to secure his place in the European Open semi-finals when he plays Yannick Hanfmann on Friday.
The top seed is looking to match his run to the last four from his only previous appearance as a 19-year-old qualifier back in 2017.
Tsitsipas arrived in Antwerp struggling for form, losing six of his previous 10 matches and suffering early exits at the US Open, as well as in Cincinnati, Toronto and Shanghai.
The Australian Open finalist appeared in danger of another early departure when he trailed 4-2 in the opening set against Botic Van de Zandschlup on Thursday, but won nine of the next 11 games to take control and eventually prevail a 7-5, 6-3 winner.
Tsitsipas is now aiming to record multiple victories at a tournament for the first time since landing his sole silverware of the campaign in Los Cabos.
Standing in his way is a player who beat him in their only previous encounter in Mallorca earlier this year.
World number 56 Hanfmann is seeking his fourth semi-final of the season, having also reached that stage in Houston, Mallorca and Gstaad.
The fifth seed overcame Alexander Blockx 6-4, 7-6(3) in the opening round, before battling past former US Open champion Dominic Thiem 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 on Thursday.
Hanfmann will now look to claim another win over Tsitsipas and another notable scalp, having beaten Taylor Fritz and Andrey Rublev on the way to reaching the quarter-finals in Rome.
The winner of this match will play Arthur Fils or Juan Pablo Varillas in the European Open semi-finals.
Play gets under way at around 6pm BST on Friday and will be contested over the best of three sets at the Lotto Arena in Antwerp.