Tsitsipas advances in Shanghai Masters
Shanghai: Sixth-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas beat Felix Auger-Aliassime 7-6 (3), 7-6 (3) in the Shanghai Masters second round on Wednesday for the Greek’s first win in six attempts over his Canadian opponent.
The pair have met three times this season, with the other three games on the ITF Junior Circuit.
Fifth-seeded Alexander Zverev also advanced to the Round of 16 with a 7-6 (13), 7-6 (3) win over French qualifier Jeremy Chardy.
Zverev, who served 21 aces, saved three set points in the first-set tiebreaker. He won that tiebreaker on his sixth set point. Taylor Fritz fell to seventh-seeded Karen Khachanov of Russia 6-2, 6-4, and Reilly Opelka lost to eighth-seeded Robert Bautista Agut of Spain 6-4, 7-5.
... Reins in social media
Tsitsipas said on Wednesday that he is reaping the benefits on and off the court of staying away from social media. He now lets someone else run them. “I feel much more connected than before with people that I care about, I spend more quality time,” said Tsitsipas.
“I feel more human and more like me than ever before. I feel like I can also concentrate more in the sport that I play, in a way trying to spend more hours on the court instead of my phone.
“I also feel very attached to the people that I talk to, and I always try to get the best out of it and not think too much of my other life, the social media life, which at the time before took a lot of my thinking, a lot of my concentration.”