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Tiafoe stuns Tsitsipas as Zverev racks up 300th win

Frances Tiafoe reacts as he plays against Stefanos Tsitsipas during the men’s singles match at the Erste Bank Open Tennis tournament in Vienna October 28, 2021. — AFP pic

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VIENNA, Oct 29 — Frances Tiafoe hit back from 3-0 down in the final set to shock top seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 and reach the Vienna ATP quarter-finals on Thursday.

Tiafoe, 49 in the world, now boasts a 2-1 head-to-head record over third-ranked Tsitsipas after coming out on top at Wimbledon before the Greek star gained revenge at the Tokyo Olympics.

The 23-year-old Tiafoe will next play eighth seed Diego Schwartzman, who defeated Frenchman Gael Monfils 7-6 (7/5), 4-6, 6-2.

“For me it was an important match. The only bad part is I cannot see Paris Saint-Germain tomorrow with Lionel Messi in France. I’m kidding, I’m kidding!” Schwartzman said in his post-match interview, referring to reaching the French capital ahead of next week’s Paris Masters.

German second seed Alexander Zverev earned his 300th tour-level win by seeing off Alex de Minaur 6-2, 3-6, 6-2 to also reach the quarter-finals.

“This is definitely a massive milestone for me,” Zverev said after firing 17 aces past the Australian. — AFP

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