Stefanos Tsitsipas: 'Playing Olympics is my lifetime dream'

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Stefanos Tsitsipas: 'Playing Olympics is my lifetime dream'

Stefanos Tsitsipas defeated the unranked player Tom Diederich in straight sets, 6-1 6-0, to open the Davis Cup tie between Greece and Luxembourg on a good note. The 21-year-old prevailed in just 49 minutes. Speaking to the reporters, Tsitsipas said: "I did not feel that nervous, it was an opportunity for kids and all tennis fans to see something new, I had not played in Greece in such a big event before and I think I needed to do it.

It was a very good day for us, we had a tough first match where Michalis (Pervolarakis) managed to go through and I think this win gave us a big advantage for the next matches. My match went on pretty easily and the doubles played an important role too because it's always important to be up 3-0."

Greece will face Poland on Thursday. Hubert Hurkacz will be Tsitsipas's opponent. "I was not at my best in our last match, I was injured and I was not at 100 per cent. It was also on hard, a fast surface which fitted him more.

This time things will be different and I think I have a slight advantage." Tsitaipas concluded speaking about the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games: "I want to play the Olympics, it's a lifetime dream. It will be amazing and I will be proud to play there."

Tsitsipas did not have a great run at the US Open. He lost to the unseeded Russian Andrey Rublev in the first round. He will be playing the Laver Cup for Team Europe next week.