Stefanos Tsitsipas shows respect for Aslan Karatsev after Monte Carlo clash

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Stefanos Tsitsipas shows respect for Aslan Karatsev after Monte Carlo clash

Top-ranked Greek tennis player Stefanos Tsitsipas underlined he knew it would not be easy against Aslan Karatsev and he entered the match fully focused on trying to deliver his best game. Tsitsipas, ranked at No. 5 in the world, claimed a 6-3 6-4 win over Karatsev to progress into the Monte Carlo third round.

Tsitsipas saved two break points in the opening game of the match before he claimed the lone break of the first set in the fourth game. In the second set, Tsitsipas broke Karatsev in the third game and then held on to his serve to book a straight-set win.

"I knew I had to face a difficult opponent today,” Tsitsipas said in his post-match interview, as quoted on the ATP website. “Aslan has [had some] great results this year… I managed to push him back and attack with my forehand.

Things worked out pretty well for me. "My clay court experience helps a lot to come back each year stronger, knowing that I have done better before. It was a very beautiful game out there and I enjoyed it”.

Tsitsipas determined to improve his game on clay

“I’m putting [in] hours on the court, trying to become consistent [and] get close to the legends of our sport," said Tsitsipas.

"I am working every single day. I am very far from that, but it is definitely a dream of mine that I want to achieve one day”. Meanwhile, rising Italian star Jannik Sinner also made a positive start to his Monte Carlo campaign as he beat Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-3 6-4.

“It's always good for me to see what I can do on clay. Obviously, I am not in the best form on clay now for the first week. But I think today was a solid match from my side. It was not easy. He's not giving [away] one point, so you have to stay there the whole match… I think I played a good match from my side”.