World No.3 Roger Federer will play eighth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece in the quarterfinal of the Italian Open on Friday, May 17. The match start not before 4 pm local time (3 pm BST). You can find the Roger Federer v Stefanos Tsitsipas live streaming options, preview and predictions here.
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Roger Federer v Stefanos Tsitsipas Head to Head
Federer and Tsitsipas have met twice, with both meetings happening this year. The young Greek stunned the Master in the fourth round at the Australian Open to end Federer’s reign as champion in Melbourne. However, the Swiss got his revenge when he beat Tsitsipas in the championship match in Dubai for his 100th career singles title.
Federer Survives On Manic Thursday
For a moment, Grandstand was a scene of silence on Thursday evening as Borna Coric took a commanding lead in the third round match against Federer.
The Swiss had played with his fans’ nerves to the point of brutality, and was getting agitated with the Umpire Carlos Bernades on the slippery surface. Coric won more points in every set, and somehow still lost the match.
Tennis can a cruel sport sometimes, and Federer had to save two match-points to fight on for a first title in Rome. His will get another sterner examination in the shape of Stefanos Tsitsipas, the man who ended Federer’s 2-year reign as champion in Australia.
The 37-year-old has so far exceeded expectations during this European clay-court swing, demonstrating he is far from finished. He will be seeking his first semifinal appearance since 2015 on the dirt and potentially renewing his rivalry with Rafael Nadal.
Tsitsipas, a Breath Of Fresh Air in Tennis
Forget the tantrums of Nick Kyrgios or the inconsistencies of the likes of Zverev and Khachanov. We can all digest to the reality that Stefanos Tsitsipas has been a revelation to the men’s game and is certainly the future of men’s tennis.
Tsitsipas had to go through qualifying last year in Rome. One year later he has firmly established himself as a top-10 player with victories of Novak Djokovic (Rogers Cup), Roger Federer (Australian Open) and Rafael Nadal (Madrid) on his CV.
The young Greek is also a winner of three ATP titles, with his most recent coming on clay-courts of Estoril a few weeks ago. That form propelled him inside the World’s Top 10 and he produced a breathtaking display against Nadal in Madrid last week.
Can 2018 ATP NextGen champion continue his remarkable rise? You better believe he can.
Federer v Tsitsipas Predictions & Tips
Federer overcame a titanic tussle against Coric in a match of very few margins. In total, the Swiss spent over four hours on court yesterday and he might be feeling the effects in this quarterfinal match. Federer though is playing without pressure on clay this year and that puts him in a very good position to challenge and play his best tennis.
Tip: Federer to win: 24/19: (888Sport)