Tsitsipas challenges Alcaraz: "I want to start a great battle"

The Greek will play in the Roland Garros quarter-final against the young Spaniard in a few hours

by Lorenzo Ciotti
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Tsitsipas challenges Alcaraz: "I want to start a great battle"
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Today, after five defeats in as many matches played, Stefanos Tsitsipas will try to break the curse (or nightmare) that has affected the last months of his career. A nightmare with first and last name: Carlos Alcaraz. The last quarter-final to be played today at Roland Garros will see Carlitos and Stefanos face each other for the second consecutive year, in Paris. The Spaniard dominated the match in 2023 and, in general, sensationally dominated in head-to-head matches, giving his Greek rival a tough 0-5.

"My goal is to prevent him from playing comfortably, find a way to make him difficult and put on a great battle. He is one of the best in the world, but I know I will have my opportunities because I come in with confidence and I am playing excellent tennis on the court. I'm very motivated by the prospect of proving to everyone that I'm capable of beating him. After facing him five times, I think I understand what he does best and what tactical approach I should apply," explained Tsitsipas at the rpess conference a few days ago. hours from the start of the match.

Stefanos Tsitsipas
Stefanos Tsitsipas© Clive Brunskill / Staff Getty Images Sport
 

It will be with this hard deficit in mind that Tsitsipas will take the field trying to beat Alcaraz for the first time in his career. In the press conference, the Athens native reiterated his desire to do something different compared to other matches which taught him to understand the potential tactic capable of putting the reigning Wimbledon champion in difficulty.

"His position on the court is excellent, so I will have to be very careful and be aggressive to impose my style of play. The first time I knew of his existence was at the 2019 Laver Cup because Rafael Nadal told us that a team was forming great tennis player in Spain and who would soon make the leap in quality. At that time he wasn't even among the top 300 in the world. His progression in the following years has met expectations," added the Greek.

Stefanos Tsitsipas
Stefanos Tsitsipas© Clive Brunskill / Staff Getty Images Sport
 

It will be a very interesting match, as the winner will challenge Jannik Sinner and, in light of Novak Djokovic's precarious physical condition, will give himself a real chance of winning the Roland Garros.

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