FRITZ, TSITSIPAS HIT FORM AHEAD OF WIMBLEDON


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[3] Taylor Fritz (USA) def Maxime Cressy (USA) 6-2, 6-7(4), 7-6(5)


Taylor Fritz has won his third ATP singles title and second of the season at the 250 event in Eastbourne.


Fritz overcame tough battles in both his semi-final and final, initially defeating Alex De Minaur in three sets, before enjoying the same fate against fellow American Maxime Cressy in the decider.


In Saturday’s final, Fritz was able to neutralise the serve-volleying game style of his opponent, whilst not facing a single break point on his own serve, to complete the hard fought, three-set victory.


The 24-year-old has now won two of his three singles titles on the British grass courts, after claiming his maiden title at Eastbourne back in 2019.


Fritz will now head to Wimbledon with added confidence, where he will face Italian Lorenzo Musetti on Tuesday.


“My grass season wasn’t going great before I arrived here. But it is great to beat these players and it gives me confidence. I played really well all week and going into Wimbledon, I feel good”, Fritz said during the Eastbourne trophy presentation.


[2] Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE) def [5] Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP) 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(2)


Stefanos Tsitsipas has won his maiden ATP grass-court title in Mallorca, taking down local hope Roberto Bautista Agut in the final.


Tsitsipas came out firing, taking an early break and serving out the opening set, before a strong response from the Spaniard sent the match to a decider.


Despite being unable to serve for the title at 5-3, Tsitsipas ultimately held his nerve to claim his ninth ATP singles title.


“This was an incredible fight and an incredible battle. I know it can be difficult for one person to deal with the loss, but I think for tennis it is great that we are able to play at this high level and show our sport”, Tsitsipas commented on-court after the final.


After his second title of the European season, the 23-year-old has risen back inside the ATP top 5 and will both enter and depart Wimbledon as the second highest ranked player in 2022, behind only Rafael Nadal.


Tsitsipas will meet Alexander Ritschard in the opening round in London and could be poised for a re-match with Nick Kyrgios later in the first week.