Tsitsipas vs. Hijikata: Shanghai Showdown in Masters Round 2!

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Stefanos Tsitsipas is currently in Shanghai, where he is seeded fourth at the 2023 Shanghai Masters. He will take on Rinky Hijikata in the second round of the ATP Masters 1000 event on Saturday, October 7.

Tsitsipas, who received a bye in the first round, is looking to win his second title of the year after triumphing at Los Cabos Open in August. The Greek has also reached the final of the Australian Open and the Barcelona Open along with a semifinal appearance in Rome this season. Additionally, he made the quarterfinals at Monte Carlo, Madrid, and the French Open.

Hijikata, ranked 75th in the world, is making his debut at the Shanghai Masters. The 22-year-old breezed past Laslo Djere, Benjamin Lock, and Marek Gengel in straight sets in the previous rounds.

This will be the second meeting between Stefanos Tsitsipas and Rinky Hijikata on the ATP tour. The two have previously faced each other in the second round at the 2023 Australian Open, with the former winning in straight sets, 6-3, 6-0, 6-2.

The winner of this match will face either Botic van de Zandschulp or Ugo Humbert in the third round.

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