Greek tennis star Stefanos Tsitsipas was happy with the way he performed in the French Open round*of-16 against Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta. Tsitsipas, who is enjoying a career-high ranking of No. 5 in the world, handed a 6-3 6-2 7-5 loss to Carreno Busta.
Tsitsipas, who made his maiden French Open semifinal last year, is aiming to go a step further this year. "My performance was good. I was very mentally there in every single game," Tsitsipas said, per the ATP website.
"Whether I was serving or not, I was very concentrated in the procedure, in the process."
Tsitsipas routinely handled Carreno Busta
Tsitsipas made a perfect start to the match against Carreno Busta, having taken the opening three games.
Tsitsipas failed to convert a break point in the sixth game but also saved two break points in the seventh game. However, Tsitsipas served out for the opener in the ninth game. Tsitsipas also made a good start to the second set as he claimed back-to-back breaks to open an early 4-0 lead.
The Greek saved a break point im the eighth game, before realizing his first set point to go up by two sets. Carreno Busta saved three consecutive break points in the first game of the third set, before earning his first break of the match a game later.
Carreno Busta also saved a break point in the third game to go 3-0 up. However, Tsitsipas refused to quit as he broke back Carreno Busta seventh game. Tsitsipas then broke Carreno Busta in the 11th game, before serving out for the match a game later.
"I think every single match that I had against him was a learning experience. I had high expectations for him, and that's a good thing, going into the match having high expectations [for] your opponent," Tsitsipas said.
"I think I also had a great start, very good start, where I didn't let him attack a lot. I actually gave him not that much space to get going."