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Monday, October 25, 2021

S tefanos Tsitsipas dominates Karen Khachanov to make Toronto quarterfinals

TORONTO — Stefanos Tsitsipas celebrated his 23rd birthday Thursday by beating Karen Khachanov 6-2, 6-3 to advance to the National Bank Open quarterfinals.

The crowd serenaded the No. 3 seed from Greece with a rendition of “Happy Birthday” as he was presented with a white sheet cake decked out with fresh fruit.

“One of the best feelings you can experience on a tennis court,” said Tsitsipas, who is ranked No. 3 and lost the French Open final to Novak Djokovic in five sets.

Tsitsipas dominated his Russian opponent, saving both his break points and winning 74% of his service points.

He will face sixth-seeded Casper Ruud of Norway in the quarterfinals Friday. They met at the Madrid Open in May, with Ruud winning in straight sets in the round of 16.

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“I’m looking for a change, looking for a switch-up this time,” Tsitsipas said.

Ruud beat Dusan Lajovic of Serbia 6-4, 6-3.

Top-seeded Daniil Medvedev of Russia also advanced, beating Australia’s James Duckworth 6-2, 6-4 in a night match.

“I managed to get a few tight games, managed to get ahead,” Medvedev said. “I think he lost his rhythm a little bit, so that was well my fault, also,”

Medvedev will face seventh-seeded Hubert Hurkacz of Poland. Hurkacz edged Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia 6-7 (7), 6-4, 6-4.

Fourth-seeded John Isner of the United States beat Russia’s Andrey Rublev 7-5 7-6 (5). Isner will face 11th-seeded Gael Monfils of France, a 6-1, 7-6 (2) winner over American Frances Tiafoe

American Reilly Opelka beat Lloyd Harris of South Africa 4-6, 7-6 (6), 7-6 (4). Opelka will play 10th-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain. Bautista Agut overcame three match points to beat eighth-seeded Diego Schwartzman of Argentina 6-3, 3-6, 7-5.by TaboolaSponsoredYou May LikeCritics are calling it “Technically a book”. Come check out my weird and free book of essays.Philosophy BearWork a USA job from home in BangladeshJobs in the USA | Search AdsOnline Work From Home Jobs in the USA May Pay More Than You ThinkWork From Home | Search Ads25 People Who Did Not Get What They Ordered OnlineSizzlfyReal Estate Prices in Miami Might Be Cheaper Than You ThinkReal Estate Deals in MiamiBangladesh Students: Getting an Online Degree May Be Easier Than You ThinkOnline Degree | Search Ads

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Not allowing spectators at qualifying matches of US Open tennis due to coronavirus a ‘tough decision’

NEW YORK — Matches in qualifying rounds for the US Open will be closed to spectators because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The U.S. Tennis Association on Thursday called it a “particularly tough decision.”

Qualifying is held at Flushing Meadows the week before main draw competition begins there on Aug. 30. The USTA said in June that it would allow 100% capacity for all sessions during the main part of the Grand Slam tournament.

“The decision regarding the qualifying tournament, though heartbreaking, will have no impact on fan access to the main draw,” USTA spokesperson Chris Widmaier said.

No spectators were allowed to attend any part of last year’s US Open because of the virus outbreak.

The USTA said Thursday that the “greatest number of players and their entourages are on site” during qualifying, with 256 players participating in those preliminary rounds sharing the grounds with the main draw players and their entourages.

That means more than 2,500 people will access the site during that week, and indoor capacity at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center is being reduced because of COVID-19 protocols.

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