Patrick Mouratoglou is coaching the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas during this week's ATP Finals in London. The Frenchman spoke about what it meant for the 21-year-old Athens native to defeat Daniil Medvedev on Monday for the first time breaking a five-match losing streak.
Mouratoglou, talking to The Tennis Channel, said: "It's always very important when you lose five times in a row to a player to find a way to have the first win although it's difficult. He changed a lot of things mentally.
But in this tournament the level is so high and you have to stay focused because you have another one coming up. He is unbelievably proud and happy to be here, it's a great achievement already to be among the top eight players in the world.
Everything happened very fast." Mouratoglou also spoke about Tsitsipas making his debut in the year-end tournament: "Experience is always a big asset. When you are young, you do not think too much, you do not overthink, just go for the shots, be very aggressive come to the net just like Stef is doing.
He doesn't have the experience but he will gain it. He will try to get better every day and feel pleasure playing that type of tennis. When it happens, you are enjoying tennis." On the next match between Tsitsipas and Alexander Zverev, Serena Williams' coach concluded: "They know what it takes to beat each other.
I expect a tough match. The win over Rafael Nadal gives a big confidence boost to Alex. They are close in terms of level. We are lucky to have that kind of match in this tournament and everybody is gonna enjoy."