The fourth-seeded Greek lost just four first-serve points (35/39) and imposed himself in nearly all of Ramos-Vinolas’ service games, breaking the Spaniard seven times and winning 53 per cent of return points (43/77). Tsitsipas won six consecutive games to wrap up play after one hour and 38 minutes. He finished the day with 38 winners to 26 unforced errors.
“I had a clear picture of what I wanted to do out there,” Tsitsipas said on court after the match. “I was able to get my returns really deep, which gave me a psychological advantage in the match.”
Tsitsipas moves to 2-2 at this event and aims to reach the third round in New York for the first time. He next faces American wild card Maxime Cressy, who defeated Jozef Kovalik 6-1, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 for his first Grand Slam win.
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Borna Coric became the first seed to book his spot in the second round with a 7-5, 6-3, 6-1 win against Pablo Andujar. The No. 27 seed seed landed 42 winners and converted six of eight break points to defeat the Spaniard after two hours and 20 minutes.
After losing to J.J. Wolf in the first-round of qualifying at the Western & Southern Open, Egor Gerasimov bounced back to eliminate No. 18 seed Dusan Lajovic 6-1, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4. The Belarusian improved to 3-0 in first-round Grand Slam encounters, having also reached the same stage last year in New York and at this year’s Australian Open. Gerasimov will next face Jordan Thompson, who beat Stefano Travaglia 6-3, 6-4, 4-6, 6-2.