Against Marterer the sixth seed chalked up 17/22 (77%) success rate at the net, whereas against Dellien it was slightly lower percentage at 33/55 (60%).
Towards the end of facing Dellien, he even sprinkled in a few serve-and-volley points. Averaging 69% points win-rate at net proves the Australian Open semi-finalist could conserve energy and continue to pick up plenty of free points by coming forward.
Tsitsipas credits his dabble into doubles alongside Wesley Koolhof (Miami final, Madrid semi-finals) for boosting his ability at the net.
“I feel more comfortable coming to the net, approaching. I still feel, although today wasn't my best volleying experience in the match. Doubles has educated me on when it comes to aggressive tennis, and I took a lot from that.”
Susceptible to the drop shot
There is much to admire in the Tsitsipas armoury, particularly his smooth single-handed backhand, so there aren’t too many weaknesses to attack.
Well, Dellien showed one way, capitalising upon Tsitsipas’ deeper court position to win a multitude of points thanks to his canny use of the drop shot.
The sixth seed returned in a Nadal-style position well beyond the baseline and occasionally was guilty of being passive, not stepping in when possible to apply the pressure.
As discussed Tsitsipas is pretty efficient when it is his choice to surge forward. This is minor, but future opponents will certainly be aware of the success Dellien had catching him off guard with the drop shot.