After a practically perfect tournament, Stefanos Tsitsipas finally adds the first '1000' pearl to the series of career successes. For the 'Maestro' of the year 2019 (who between the second round and the semifinal had left the misery of twenty-one games on the road) the one with Andrey Rublev paradoxically turns out to be one of the simplest of the week.
Thanks to a 6-3 6-3 that builds in just over ninety minutes of play - which obviously embellishes with 90% of the points with the first ball and twenty-five winning shots - the Greek talent goes to 4-3 in the count of head to head and above all shortens against Dominic Thiem, stable on the fourth box of the ranking.
He's not bad at the gates of the second round on clay of the season in Barcelona. Natural appetizer of the '1000' of Madrid and Rome, but above all of Roland Garros. Tsitsipas' problems last a game. If problems can be called, here it is.
The Greek talent gets out of trouble at 40-40 (with a splendid forehand solution) and thinks well to completely eliminate the unforced errors from the project. Rublev fails to break through from the baseline with the forehand and above all to limit the damage on the left diagonal.
The one where "Tsitsi" manages to substantially build success. The 'maestro' year 2019 drags on 3-0 and in the last three rounds of serving - which obviously dominates - leaves the misery of two fifteen on the road.
For all intents and purposes it is a domain. The dynamics during the second fraction do not change. Rather. Tsitsipas, in total control of the situation, dominates with the available serve and dominates the confrontation from the baseline without particular difficulty.
The break that he engages in the third game (and which he confirms with a zero turn at bat) proves to be sufficient. In short: thanks to 90% of the points with the first ball and a loot of about twenty-five winners, the Greek manages to push himself close to the finish line with a second break and to cross the finish line first.
Stefanos Tsitsipas recently gave his thoughts on how Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal have repeatedly denied the younger players at big events. Tsitsipas claimed that although the two legends are well into their 30s, they are still well-equipped to "find solutions" against the Next Gen.
Tsitsipas on Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal
"We're used to seeing Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal go deep in the tournaments," Stefanos Tsitsipas said. "They are getting older but it doesn't seem to bother them at all.
They always find solutions to everything." Stefanos Tsitsipas also suggested that the onus was on the younger players to step up and establish their presence in the sport. "Just let the young guns show what they got," the Greek said.