Renowned tennis coach Patrick Mouratoglou absolutely enjoyed watching the Stefanos Tsitsipas and Diego Schwartzman Monte Carlo Masters quarterfinal clash and he branded it as "one of the best battles in Monte Carlo history."
On Friday night in Monte Carlo, Tsitsipas overcame Schwartzman in a three-set battle 6-2 6-7 (3) 6-4. Tsitsipas had a comfortable 6-2 5-2 lead before Schwartzman stormed back to win the second set and take a 4-0 lead in the third set.
Just when it seemed Schwartzman would pull off a stunning comeback, the match took another turn as Tsitsipas claimed three breaks in a row to win six games in a row and seal a three-set win. "This match will go down as one of the best battles in Monte-Carlo history," Mouratoglou tweeted.
"Congrats @steftsitsipas for this spectacular comeback."
This match will go down as one of the best battles in Monte-Carlo history 💯
Congrats @steftsitsipas for this spectacular comeback.pic.twitter.com/dRtqCjxS6b — Patrick Mouratoglou (@pmouratoglou) April 16, 2022
Tsitsipas appeared to be done
After blowing a big second set lead and falling down by a double break in the third set, Tsitsipas appeared to be done.
However, he refused to quit and it paid off as he defeated Schwartzman. “There was a moment in the match where I felt what I was doing wasn’t working,” Tsitsipas said in his on-court interview. “He had a massive lead and momentum in what he was trying to do.
I just tried to stay in the match as much as I could and that worked out very well. I wasn’t expecting much at that point being a double break down, so I relaxed at that point”. Tsitsipas admitted he missed out on a chance to close out the match in two sets but was glad he at least got the job done in the third set.
“It was extremely close,” Tsitsipas added. "II was really close in the second set. That was the moment I had a big chance to close it out but Diego is Diego and I had to be Stefanos in the third set”.