“I had to put my soul in it,” Stefanos Tsitsipas looks back on his grueling victory over Alexander Zverev in the semifinals in Monte Carlo

Stefanos Tsitsipas
Stefanos Tsitsipas

defending champion Stefanos Tsitsipas was in dazzling form at the 2022 Monte Carlo champion. The Greek stunned Alexander Zverev in the semifinals to book a final place in Monaco. Tsitsipas defeated the German in a comfortable 6-2, 6-4 win over the 24-year-old.

Tsitsipas was in great form and with clay being his favorite surface, the Greek is ten times stronger. However, he conceded a narrow goal in the last game Diego Schwartzman in the quarterfinals. Apart from that, the 23-year-old has looked good all week in Monte Carlo and will look to continue that in the final in a bid to defend his title.

After an average start to the year, Tsitsipas hits the right strings at the start of the clay court season. He will now try to express himself in the final as he prepares for the upcoming Roland Garros. The 23-year-old was on cruise control when he was troubling the German. Tsitsipas’ serve was praised throughout the game and commentators were right in saying that it was the most improved area of ​​the Greek’s game.

“I wanted to stay on the pitch and start rallies,” Stefanos Tsitsipas opened up about his strategy for beating Alexander Zverev

Stefanos Tsitsipas
Stefanos Tsitsipas

Tsitsipas shared how difficult it was for him after a grueling last-round match against Schwartzman. He shared how he had to put his heart and soul into the semifinals to win and advance to the finals. “I had to put my soul out there and ask myself to make it physical after a very physical fight – surprising as that may sound [against Schwartzman]” said the 23-year-old after his victory over Zverev.

The Greek, who reached the semi-finals at the Australian Open, admitted he knew his body would react differently than he expected, but he pushed on anyway. “I knew my body might not be responding the way I wanted it to, but I had certain requirements and I held onto those requirements and implemented them, surreal as it may sound.” added the number 5 in the world.

Tsitsipas shared his strategy against Zverev and how he planned to do it physically and start rallies that disrupted Zverev’s rhythm. “I wanted to stay on the court as much as necessary and try to start rallies and do it physically. Obviously it worked in my favor. I do not know if the long game [against Schwartzman] gave me some rhythm, but I was able to play good tennis today”, Tsitsipas revealed.

Finally, the Greek accepted that he played at a good level in the semifinals and will be ready to take on Spain Alejandro Davidovich Fokina. “It will take a while” Tsitsipas opened his latest challenge against the Spaniard. “He’s on a good run, in a good rhythm. I’ve played against him before, he’s a good opponent, I’ve had big fights against him and I’ll try to be as ready as possible. I know he’s improved from before and I’ll keep that in mind to play the best tennis I can.

Tsitsipas will fight for his fifth ATP 1000 Masters title on Sunday as he also looks to defend his title in Monte Carlo. The Greek star will face off against giant killer Alejandro Davidovich Fokina.

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