US Open: Tsitsipas grinds down Cressy to reach third round
Tsitsipas' centre court debut at Flushing Meadows was without fans but he savoured the moment all the same
Stefanos Tsitsipas weathered a serve-volleying storm from Maxime Cressy before grinding the American wildcard down 7-6(2) 6-3 6-4 to reach the third round of the US Open.
In a slow-burning contest of short, sharp points, fourth seed Tsitsipas had to fight off a set point against the French-born Cressy, who fired 21 aces and rushed the net 92 times on a muggy night at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Tsitsipas' centre court debut at Flushing Meadows was without fans but he savoured the moment all the same.
"My experience in playing in Arthur Ashe was one of the best," he said generously in his on-court interview.
"Getting a first glance and a first taste of Arthur Ashe is great for me, despite difficult conditions."
Tsitsipas will play Croatian 27th seed Borna Coric as he bids for a place in the last 16 in New York for the first time.
Since reaching the 2019 Australian Open semifinals, where he knocked out Roger Federer and sent Melbourne's Greek community into a frenzy, 22-year-old Tsitsipas has disappointed at the Grand Slams.
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