2021 French Open runner-up Stefanos Tsitsipas says tennis is “the toughest sport there is”. Tsitsipas endured a tough two opening matches in Rome as on Wednesday he saved two match points en route to beating Grigor Dimitrov 6-3 5-7 7-6(4).
Tsitsipas didn’t have it easy on Thursday either as he had to recover from a set down to beat Karen Khachanov 4-6 6-0 6-3. Against Dimitrov, Tsitsipas led by a set and a break but found himself in a tight spot after failing to serve for the match in the second set.
On Thursday, Tsitsipas got off to a slow start against Khachanov and had to recover from a set down to finish on the winning side. After beating Khachanov, Tsitsipas opened up about the few mistakes that can change the entire outcome of the game.
Tstsipas: Tennis is the most difficult sport that exists
“Tennis is the toughest sport there is,” Tsitsipas said, according to Kiran Gupta. “If you make few mistakes, you can find yourself really upset.
A break in our sport, in men’s tennis, could mean a lot. You find yourself hunting all the time. To be honest with you, that’s not a good way to serve today in the first set. I rush a lot, I have too many things on my head at the same time.
“Too many things were going through my mind when I was serving. Once I established a clear picture and focused on the timing, it was very different in terms of being able to make the right decisions at the right time. He played well.
He came back well. It seemed to swing freely through the planes, which gave me, you know, more work.”
Stefanos Tsitsipas in press at #IBI22
Tsitsipas has established himself as one of the best players on the ATP Tour. It’s no secret that Tsitsipas’ big goals are to win a Grand Slam and reach world No. 1 ranking.