'Red eye' Tsitsipas first Greek man to reach Roland Garros quarter-finals

Stefanos Tsitsipas (PA)
Stefanos Tsitsipas (PA)

Stefanos Tsitsipas on Monday overcame an eye problem to become the first Greek man to reach the Roland Garros quarter-finals with a 6-3, 7-6 (11/9), 6-2 win over Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria.

The 22-year-old will now take on Andrey Rublev in a repeat of the recent Hamburg final which was won by the Russian.

Tsitsipas has now won 12 successive sets at the tournament having been two sets down to Jaume Munar in the opening round.

"I had a problem with my eye so that's why I had to call the doctor. It happened in my earlier matches too. It's still red and irritated," he explained.

On Monday, he saved three set points in the second set tiebreaker while frustrating 18th seed Dimitrov by saving the only three break points he faced.

"The tiebreak was where the money was," said Tsitsipas who fell in a five-setter to former champion Stan Wawrinka in the last 16 in 2019.

French Open results at Roland Garros on Monday, the ninth day of the delayed 2020 championship (x denotes seeded player):


4th round

Andrey Rublev (RUS x13) bt Marton Fucsovics (HUN) 6-7 (4/7), 7-5, 6-4, 7-6 (7/3)

Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE x5) bt Grigor Dimitrov (BUL x18) 6-3, 7-6 (11/9), 6-2


4th round

Petra Kvitova (CZE x7) bt Zhang Shuai (CHN) 6-2, 6-4

Laura Siegemund (GER) bt Paula Badosa (ESP) 7-5, 6-2

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