Greek tennis star Stefanos Tsitsipas admitted that he wasn't in an easy position against Lorenzo Musetti but he was happy that he managed to find a way to beat the rising Italian star. Tsitsipas, seeded at No. 2 in the Lyon main draw, entered the match as the big favorite but Musetti delivered a good performance and pushed the Greek into a three-setter.
However, Tsitsipas stayed calm as he recovered from a set down to beat Musetti 4-6 6-3 6-0. "I had to stay calm," Tsitsipas said on court, per the ATP website. "It was difficult to be a set down and have to kind of refresh myself and come anew in the second set.
He was still putting [in] a lot of work and making me work for every single point. It wasn’t easy."
Tsitsipas drawing positives from a tough match
Musetti earned the first break of the match in the fifth game to take a 3-2 lead.
The Italian then saved a break point in the 10th game, before converting his first set point to win the opener. In the second set, Tsitsipas lost his serve once but claimed two breaks to win the set and force a decider.
After winning the second set, Tsitsipas absolutely dominated Musetti in the third set as he earned three breaks and lost no service games. "It was important I had a match like this," Tsitsipas said. "It makes me stay humble and focus on some detailed things I can potentially improve and get better at on clay."
Before the match, Tsitsipas insisted he was set for a tough clash with Musetti. “We played in different conditions [and] on a hard court,” said Tsitsipas. “The conditions here are different. We share similar games with a one-handed backhand, which is beautiful to see. Tomorrow is going to be serious business and I know he can play well on this surface and elevate his game."