Greek tennis star Stefanos Tsitsipas acknowledged that it was much easier for him to play after winning a tight first set against world No. 58 Jeremy Chardy. Tsitsipas, ranked at No. 5 in the world, handed a 7-6 (6) 6-3 6-1 loss to Chardy in the French Open first round.
“I think the first tiebreak was a game-changer, in a way,” Tsitsipas said in his post-match press conference. “I did a lot of psychology, a lot of positivity and it kind of loosened me up a little bit. Starting the second set a bit more aggressive, starting a bit more free-spirited, those things kind of contributed in breaking and raising my level.
“[In the] third set, I felt like in total control. I felt my return was working much better. I got into the game even more, and I felt like things were working out for me. I could find the depth of the court, I could execute and be in control.”
Tsitsipas safely progressed into round two
Tsitsipas earned the first break of the match in the third game but got broken back in the sixth game. Tsitsipas saved a set point on his serve in the 10th game, before he realized his second set point in the tie-break.
Tsitsipas earned his second break of the match in the eighth game of the second set, before serving out for the second set in the ninth game. Tsitsipas then dominated the third set to book a straight-set win. Tsitsipas plays next the winner of the match between Sebastian Korda and Pedro Martinez.
“I haven’t played them, but I’m gonna do my routine with my coach, analyse and be well prepared for my next game,” Tsitsipas said. “You will have a big server on one side, the American, and a Spaniard who I think plays really good on clay.
Same for Sebastian, who has showed good tennis on clay last week. [I am] just focusing and concentrated on what’s next”.