Stefanos Tsitsipas Climbs to Top Five After Washington Open Win (video)

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.”