Stefanos Tsitsipas felt at times Benoit Paire wasn't trying as hard as he was to win points. Tsitsipas struggled a bit against Paire but in the won 6-3 7-5 6-7 (2) 6-4 to reach the Australian Open round-of-16. Tsitsipas was glad he managed to stay patient and play consistently in key moments.
"I feel like at times my opponent didn't try as hard as I did to win the points. He was just trying to finish the points with a shot, serving really well and hitting a few good shots. I'm happy with the way I fought at the end.
He certainly didn't have to work as hard as me to get the points, but I think it showed in the end, I was patient and consistent when needed," Tsitsipas said after the match, as quoted on We Love Tennis.
Paire loses to Tsitsipas after bursting into tears
The match earlier, Paire stunned Grigor DImitrov.
After the match, Paire burst into tears and spoke about how much the win meant to him. "I’m happy. It’s not been easy since the beginning of the year, so I’m very happy," Paire said. "I know there are my parents, everyone, watching.
Frankly, it was exceptional. "It was a sh--- year last year, it’s true that it was complicated. This year it’s starting, I’m positive (at Covid), I’m doing 7 days (of isolation). It still starts like shit and finally I’m there, I’m hanging on.
I’m playing a big game today, one of my best in a very long time. Well, for me it’s only positive. "I was criticized a lot, all that. After a while, it’s heavy. It’s true that when I manage to make matches like that I have support here, among the French supporters.
Frankly, there is nothing better." Tsitsipas, who is aiming to win his maiden Grand Slam title, plays Taylor Fritz next.