Stefanos Tsitsipas avenged a disappointing Wimbledon defeat to Frances Tiafoe at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, 6-3, 6-4, edging into the third round in straight sets.
Seeded third in his Olympic debut, Tsitsipas took on Tiafoe at the All England Club in his first match since finishing runner-up to Novak Djokovic at Roland Garros. Still reeling from the consequential loss of his first major final despite winning the first two sets, the 22-year-old was noticeably deflated against his American opposition on No. 1 Court last month. The subsequent Wimbledon defeat was still on his mind even as he transitioned back onto clay to play an ATP 250 tournament in Hamburg two weeks ago.
Looking far more clutch on the key points on Tuesday, he regrouped in emphatic style to pull off a decisive 77-minute rematch victory beneath the Ariake Coliseum roof.
Tsitsipas and Tiafoe emerged on time for their second-round clash as rain delayed action around the grounds. Perhaps overeager at the opportunity to replicate his Wimbledon stunner over the Roland Garros runner-up, Tiafoe missed a volley long to hand the Greek the lone break of the opening set.