Stefanos Tsitsipas defeated Alexander Zverev in straight sets at the China Open in the semifinals. Analyzing his win, the Greek native said: "I didn't play phenomenal, but I played smart. Smart is more important than phenomenal.
I did things right when I had to do them. Any overplay. I didn't go for crazy shots or crazy targets. Just, you know, mixed the game. I was hanging in there and trying to suffer, trying to give it my all on the court, to play another five hours.
That was the mindset I was on. I just think I played smart, that's it. All these times, I deserved to win because I did things right when I had to do them right. He didn't do the things right when he had to do them. That's basically why I've been winning the last three times.
I haven't really counted, haven't really thought about it. I don't know. I mean, I actually feel like I don't really have to do many things in order to either break him or to go the extra mile in my game. I just have to play simple and just be productive.
It's not the case with many other players." On why he came several times to the net, Tsitsipas added: "I like to come to the net. I would say just a little bit, more percentage more, with my forehand simply because I have a better view of the court, I guess.
It's my most dominant, strongest shot. I use it to come in. The more confident you feel with that shot, the more you're going to come in. Power, position, control of the ball, depth of the ball, all of that plays a very important role to come in comfortable, not give too much space to your opponent."