Last year’s runner-up Stefanos Tsitsipas advanced to the second round of the French Open after beating Italy’s Lorenzo Musetti 5-7 4-6 6-2 6-3 6-2 on Tuesday. The fourth-placed Greek struggled in the opening two sets before finding his stride and advancing to a match against Czech Zdenek Kolar.
Musetti won the opening two sets against Novak Djokovic in the last 16 last year before the Italian had to retire through injury.
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“I will keep working hard” – Stefanos Tsitsipas
Musetti broke Tsitsipas in the 11th game of the opener on Tuesday to go 6-5 after an unforced error. When his opponent slammed a backhand into the net, the Italian continued to serve and took the lead in a single leap. Musetti maintained his lead in set number two, rising to a 4-0 lead while Tsitsipas kept fighting. But the Greek found his reach and pulled a breakback to stop the bleeding.
Lorenzo Musetti served for the set 5-4 and after a double fault he was two sets clean while Stefanos Tsitsipas was still producing another unforced error. In the third set, Tsitsipas rocketed to a 3-0 lead and held to reduce the deficit to one set. In the fourth set, the Greek went 2-0 up and survived a break point in game three to extend his lead, but Musetti broke back with a forehand winner.
Tsitsipas, on the other hand, used his opponent’s nervousness to break and take a 4-2 lead before leveling the match. Tsitsipas was businesslike as he called off the game late in the night to extend his stay in Paris in the bottom half of the draw, where he doesn’t have to face either defending champion Novak Djokovic or 13-time winner Rafael Nadal.
“I refuse to give up” said Stefanos Tsitsipas in his interview in court. “That’s just how it works for me. You never really think about coming back after you’ve had two lovers. You just play it point by point. You just want your efforts to pay off. It’s a mountain to climb.”
He added, “It was a great first lap. I will continue to work hard to improve and connect with the audience here.”
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