World No. 5 Stefanos Tsitsipas insisted top-ranked Chilean tennis player Cristian Garin wasn't an easy player to play against after claiming a win at the Monte Carlo Masters. Tsitsipas, seeded at No. 4, handed a straight-set defeat to No.
16 seed Garin as he beat the Chilean 6-3 6-4 to make the Monte Carlo Masters quarterfinal. Tsitsipas converted his second break point in the eighth game to take a 5-3 lead, before serving out for the opener in the following game.
Garin recovered from an early break down in the second set but claimed his second break of the set in the ninth game, before serving out for the match in the 10th game. “It was a really difficult task to complete.
Cristian played good tennis and gave me a hard time out on the court,” Tsitsipas said in his post-match interview, per the ATP website. “I stayed composed and focused throughout the entire match. “Things seemed not to be going my way towards the end of the second set, but I stepped back and left my mark.
Things worked out well. I was fighting [and] I was putting my best performance out there. I was creating a lot of opportunities with my forehand and I think my serve paid off pretty well”.
Tsitsipas plays next Alejandro Davidovich Fokina
Rising Spanish star Davidovich Fokina handed a 6-2 7-6 (2) defeat to Lucas Pouille to make his maiden Masters quarterfinal in Monte Carlo.
One thing is for sure, Greek tennis star Tsitsipas won't be taking Davidovich Fokina for granted when they meet. “[Alejandro] is someone who is just rising, he is young and has been playing good tennis,” Tsitsipas said.
“I don’t know him very well, but he is a Spaniard. I feel like he has played on clay before, plenty of matches. He knows the surface pretty well, so he is going to be a challenge for me”.