Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas was happy that he managed to overcome rising Canadian star Felix Auger-Aliassime in straight sets and.make the Barcelona Open semifinal. Tsitsipas, ranked at No. 5 in the world, handed a 6-3 6-3 loss to world No.
20 Auger-Aliassime in the Barcelona quarterfinal on Friday. Tsitsipas saved three consecutive break points in the second game of the match, before he broke Auger-Aliassime in the fifth and ninth game to win the opener. Tsitsipas then claimed the lone break of the second set in the fourth game, before serving out for the match in the ninth game.
"I think my hard efforts paid off,” said Tsitsipas, per the ATP website. “I wouldn’t say it was the best start, but I managed to win my serve from 0/40 down [in the second game]. That got me into the match and that helped me to break him at the end.
I didn’t panic, but I knew what I was doing. It feels good to be able to play the way I am. I really hope the winning streak continues”.
Tsitsipas aims back-to-back titles
Tsitsipas beat Andrey Rublev in the Monte Carlo Masters final last week to earn his maiden Masters title.
"Nerve-wracking. It wasn't easy. I had to play great tennis to reach that moment of the match. It was all about fighting in the end. The last point was just trying to play as deep as possible, press if the ball comes short.
Yeah, I was doing exactly what I had to. The intentions were right. That gave me the last shot, which landed out," Tsitsipas said after beating Rublev. "I think the rest, I just can't describe it. It was unbelievable.
So many things went through my head. So many memories came back from when I was a child. It's incredible. "I like expressing myself and showing emotion. I've seen players not react to their wins like this. It makes me feel good about myself. I need that."