Tsitsipas, on birthday, rolls into Toronto quarters

Tennis

TORONTO — Stefanos Tsitsipas celebrated his twenty third birthday Thursday by defeating Karen Khachanov 6-2, 6-3 to advance to the quarterfinals of the Nationwide Financial institution Open.

The gang serenaded the No. 3 seed from Greece with a rendition of “Glad Birthday” as he was introduced with a white sheet cake decked out with contemporary fruit.

“Among the best emotions you may expertise on a tennis court docket,” stated Tsitsipas, who’s ranked No. 3 and misplaced this yr’s French Open ultimate to Novak Djokovic in 5 units.

Tsitsipas dominated his Russian opponent, saving each his break factors and profitable 74% of his service factors.

He subsequent faces Casper Ruud of Norway within the quarterfinals Friday. The pair met on the Madrid Open in Could, with Ruud profitable in straight units within the spherical of 16.

“I am in search of a change, in search of a switch-up this time,” Tsitsipas stated.

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