Stefanos Tsitsipas rolled into the world’s top five Friday at the ATP Washington Open after winning against No. 10 seed Benoit Paire of France 7-5, 6-0.
The Greek champion put in a performance worthy of his top seed status on Friday at the Citi Open, winning eight consecutive games to reach the semi-finals where he will meet Nick Kyrgios, who ousted 137th-ranked Slovakian lucky loser Norbert Gombos 6-3, 6-3.
“Once you’re in a certain position for a long time, you really crave for more,” Tsitsipas said. “I’m happy I’m in this position, where I feel like I improved a little bit.
“This one position difference might not feel a lot for some people but for me it really means a lot because there has been a lot of hard work behind it, just a lot of suffering in general.
“I appreciate the fact and I feel I deserve this position. It means a lot for sure.”