Can Stefanos Tsitsipas beat wildcard Maxime Cressy to make the third round of the US Open for the first time…
Can Stefanos Tsitsipas beat wildcard Maxime Cressy to make the third round of the US Open for the first time on Wednesday?
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Tsitsipas vs Cressy is live from New York on Wednesday 2 September, time TBC
An Australian Open semifinalist in 2019, when he announced himself with a win over Roger Federer, Stefanos Tsitsipas has yet to make the third round of the US Open after defeats to Daniil Medvedev and Andrey Rublev in 2018-19.
After a semifinal run at the ‘Cincinnati’ Masters, however, Tsitsipas looked sharp in a one-sided victory over Spanish veteran Albert Ramos-Vinolas. He’ll be aiming to keep up the pace as he takes on American wildcard Maxime Cressy on Wednesday.
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Tsitsipas vs Cressy: Head-to-head
This will be the first match between Tsitsipas and Cressy.
Tsitsipas vs Cressy: Preview
The reigning ATP Finals champion looks for back-to-back wins at the US Open for the first time on Wednesday – and if numbers are anything to go by, he will get it.
Fourth-seeded Tsitsipas, drawn in the same quarter as Alexander Zverev, his predecessor as ATP Finals champion, wasted absolutely no time in beating Ramos-Vinolas 6-2, 6-1, 6-1 to begin his US Open campaign. Ramos-Vinolas, playing his first match since Santiago in February, did not offer much resistance but Tsitsipas banged down 13 aces and lost just four points behind his first serve through the 100-minute match – although seven winners and 28 unforced errors from Ramos-Vinolas does not sound impressive.
If this was Tsitsipas’s first tournament since the shutdown, I might be concerned on his behalf that a too-easy first-round match doesn’t adequately prepare him for tougher challenges. But Tsitsipas got four matches under his belt in ‘Cincinnati’ last week, although one was a retirement, beating a succession of big servers – Kevin Anderson, John Isner, Reilly Opelka – before losing to another, Milos Raonic.
Even in the Raonic match, Tsitsipas had set point in the first set although he rather fell apart after that and the Greek is now 17-6 in 2020 and justly favoured heading into Wednesday’s clash with Cressy.
French-American Cressy is playing the main draw of a Grand Slam for the first time after losing in the first round of qualifying on both his previous attempts. The 23-year-old, who played college tennis for UCLA, is currently ranked world no. 168 and earned his wildcard after strong Challenger results over the past 12 months, reaching the Ismaning final in 2019 and then winning Drummondville and finishing runner-up in Calgary earlier in 2020.
Cressy reached the second round in New York with a four-set victory over Jozef Kovalik. Tsitsipas will be not merely the first top-10 opponent he has faced, but the first top-100 opponent he has faced. A one-sided victory for the Greek player is expected.