Aslan Karatsev was looking to extend his fine hard court form into the clay. He found his match in the fourth seeded Greek. Tsitsipas very professional in his approach, did not give Aslan a sniff. Zero break points converted by the Russian. Maybe Aslan’s exertions from the start of the season starting to take their toll. 1-1(15-0 Karatsev) second set, no effort whatsoever to chase the forehand cross court with Karatsev hopelessly out of position. The forehand by Aslan, so effective in landing the Dubai title last month deserted him in this match. He went for it at match point 5-4(40-15 to Tsitsipas) but missed the mark.