Olympics men’s round up: Alexander Zverev and Stefanos Tsitsipas through but Andrey Rublev out

Stefanos Tsitsipas and Alexander Zverev have made winning debuts at the Tokyo Olympics but Andrey Rublev is out after defeat from Kei Nishikori.

Zverev made a straightforward start to his Olympic campaign on Sunday with a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Chinese Taipei’s Yen-Hsun Lu.

The fourth seed was never under pressure through his match and admitted just before the tournament started that he see’s himself as ‘one of the favourites’ to win it. He will now face Columbian Daniel Elahi Galan in the next round.

Stefanos Tisitipas had a less straightforward match against German Philipp Kohlschreiber, which went the full three sets, and the Greek had to come back from a break down in the third to win 6-3, 3-6, 6-3.

In winning the match, Tsitsipas, who is third seed, became the first Greek man to win an Olympic singles tennis match since 1924. He will now face American Frances Tiafoe in the next round.

Former Olympic bronze medalist Kei Nishikori overwhelmed fifth seed Andrey Rublev in their first round clash winning in straight sets 6-3, 6-4.

It is the fourth Olympics for Nishikori as opposed to Rublev’s first and experience showed on court, with the Russian converting only one of five break points he had on Nishikori’s serve. The Japanese star will now face American Marcos Giron in the second round.

Seventh seed Hubert Hurkacz also advanced as he defeated Australian Luke Saville 6-2, 6-4. Karen Khachanov rallied back to beat Japan’s Yoshihito Nishioka 3-6, 6-1, 6-2, while Argentinian Diego Schwartzman overcame Peruvian Juan Pablo Varillas 7-5, 6-4.

Please follow Tennisbuzz on Twitter and Instagram, and you can like us on Facebook by clicking here.

For more exclusive content from Tennisbuzz, including news, features, trivia, promotions and more, please be sure to sign up for our newsletter below or via our home page.

Why not test your tennis knowledge by tackling one of our fiendish quizzes too?

Other News

‘We got through it!’ – Relentless Emma Raducanu wins historic US Open title

Emma Raducanu has completed her incredible US Open run to beat Leylah Fernandez in the final to win the tournament.The 18-year-old was already the...

‘Step by step’ – Novak Djokovic focused on Alexander Zverev, not calendar Grand Slam

Novak Djokovic is refusing to get ahead of himself after he kept his calendar Grand Slam hopes alive by beating Matteo Berrettini at the...

‘There are many similarities’ between Emma Raducanu and Novak Djokovic, says analyst

Teenage ace Emma Raducanu has 'many similarities' to world number one Novak Djokovic, says Mats Wilander.Raducanu will contest her first ever Grand Slam semi-final...

‘The knee is much better now’ – Juan Martin del Potro eying return to tennis

Juan Martin Del Potro says he will be ready to resume his tennis career at the start of next season 'if everything goes well.'Del...

COMMENT: Is 2021 the year Novak Djokovic left Roger Federer behind?

He has been stealing a march on his long-time rival since 2011, but 2021 is perhaps the year when Novak Djokovic has hurt Roger...

Goran Ivanisevic: ‘Novak Djokovic doesn’t crack under pressure, he says ‘bring it on”

Coach Goran Ivanisevic says Novak Djokovic is embracing the pressure of impending history, not cracking beneath it.Djokovic beat Jenson Brooksby in the fourth round...

Subscribe to our newsletter

Don't miss a thing from Tennisbuzz - get all the latest tennis news, exclusive content and competitions, and tennis trivia teasers all delivered to your inbox.

Related articles

Leave a reply

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here