Stefanos Tsitsipas closed the ninth day of competition at the Mutua Madrid Open on Wednesday, sealing his pass to the round of 16. The Greek made his debut at the Caja Mágica beating Lucas Pouille in two sets (6-3, 6-4) and spending one hour and seven minutes at the Manolo Santana Stadium.
The fourth seed of the Masters 1000 that takes place in the Spanish capital entered the scene under the lights of the night session without giving the French tennis player hardly any options, invited with a wild card by the organization.
The finalist on the clay of Madrid in 2019 seeks to continue with the good on the European tour after the title in Monte Carlo and the quarterfinals in Barcelona. Tsitsipas managed to reign in the exchange of three breaks in a row.
The Athenian unbalanced the balance in the fourth game (3-1), recovered Pouille in the fifth (3-2) and again the advantage was placed on the Hellenic side (4-2). This minimal advantage of a break was enough to define the first set in half an hour.
The No.5 of the ATP was enough with an initial break in the second act to manage the income until finishing the victory without being hardly disturbed by the Frenchman. With an ‘ace’, the seventh in his private account, Tsitsipas recorded his eighth victory of the course on clay in this course, by only one stumble.
This Thursday, the current Roland Garros finalist will seek the quarterfinals against Grigor Dimitrov. The Bulgarian reaches the round of 16 after beating the American Maxime Cressy (6-2, 7-6) and the Argentine Diego Schwartzman (6-0, 6-3), without giving up a single set along the way.
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He is revered for his exploits on the court and the way he has conducted himself off the court. “I don’t presume to know how he developed personally. I’m not his friend, not a family member. An interview is an interview.
Here he is very pleasant, very open. He hasn’t changed at all in certain areas – even if he has become a billionaire in the meantime (laughs). He always asks questions. My first conversation in 2001 was less of an interview and more of a conversation.
And in 2019, the last time I spoke to him, it was the same,” Clarey said. The American highlighted how the Swiss always conducts himself in a proper manner despite having so many commitments to various individuals. “And a chameleon: It adapts to the situation it is in.
With sponsors it goes one way, with his colleagues in the changing room the other, he jokes around. And towards journalists he is very thoughtful. His mother is South African, his father Swiss, he is just a very adaptable person,” Clarey added.