Greek tennis star Stefanos Tsitsipas was thrilled with his performance against top-ranked British tennis player Dan Evans in their Monte Carlo Masters clash. Tsitsipas, who is enjoying a career-high ranking of No. 5 in the world, stormed past world No.
33 Evans 6-2 6-1 to reach his maiden Monte Carlo final. Tsitsipas claimed the first break of the match in the fourth game but Evans broke back in the following game. However, Tsitsipas kept his focus as he then earned back-to-back breaks to win the opener.
Evans served out the opening game of the second set before Tsitsipas collected three consecutive breaks to easily win the set and book a straight-set win. “I am indeed pleased with the performance,” Tsitsipas said in his post-match interview.
“I found ways to play at my best. It was really difficult to maintain my level of consistency and I am really happy I managed to deal with all the different moments during the match. I had a lot of opportunities to hit the forehand, and think how I wanted to construct the point."
Tsitsipas' great performance not a surprise
"I am happy to be at the place where I am right now… I am happy with my performance today. I think I fought really hard. Even in difficult moments, I was putting out my best tennis,” Tsitsipas said in his post-match interview after making it past Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in the quarterfinal.
Before the match, Evans insisted he would try to play aggressive tennis against Tsitsipas. "He [Tsitsipas] has handed it to me the last two times we’ve played. Change some things, maybe a bit more aggressive, that’s the only way I can play," Evans said before the match.
"If I get dragged behind like today – with all due respect to David, he’ll come in more and knock the volleys off a bit better. I need to be the one doing that."