‘I’m playing well, feeling well,’ says Stefanos Tsitsipas as he reaches first quarter-finals in Miami

Stefanos Tsitsipas has said he’s feeling thrilled with his performance in the Miami Open as he reaches the quarter-finals for the first time.

Tsitispas beat Lorenzo Sonego in straight sets to secure his place and will now face Hubert Hurkacz in the quarters – a player he has previously beaten in six of their seven matches.

The Greek world number five has never won a Masters 1000 before despite reaching two finals, but is in good form, reaching the quarter finals or better in his last five tournaments.

With the withdrawal of the Big Three and Dominic Thiem from Miami, and the departure of Alexander Zverev in the early stages, Tsitsipas, who is second seed behind Daniil Medvedev has a good chance of going all of the way this time.

“I’m playing well, feeling well and enjoying those moments on the court,” said Tsitsipas.

“I’m thrilled to be playing the way I’m playing. I’ve had a great impact with my game this week so far.

“It’s important for me to capitalise on that and be able to feel on top of my game.

“Each single opponent is a separate challenge, and I’ve been managing to find solutions against them. Its important for me to have matches like this.

“(I’m) enjoying the crowd here in Miami, they bring a lot of energy, they carry me during the match, that feels great.”

Earlier in the week Tsitispas responded to questions about whether he feels the pressure of being one of the tournament favourites, but he said he felt honoured by it.

“I love that there is talk about that around a Greek guy, because there hasn’t been any Greek player even close to that, so it’s great,” Tsitsipas said.

“I’m honoured to be someone who puts the sport at such a high standard, high level, putting Greece onto the map. So having people talk about that makes me very happy and gives me ambition.”

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