Frances Tiafoe: I knew I'd beat Stefanos Tsitsipas when I woke up in morning



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Frances Tiafoe: I knew I'd beat Stefanos Tsitsipas when I woke up in morning

American tennis star Frances Tiafoe claims he knew he would beat Stefanos Tsitsipas when he woke up on the Monday morning. Tiafoe, ranked at No. 57 in the world, shocked world No. 4 Tsitsipas in straight sets as he handed the Greek a 6-4 6-4 6-3 loss to progress into the Wimbledon second round.

“I woke up this morning like, ‘Yeah, I'm beating Stefanos’," said Tiafoe, after the fourth Top 10 win of his career. "It’s happened. I think believing it when nobody else does is so big.

“Once I saw the draw coming out, [I thought] these are matches I actually love. I think a lot of guys in the tennis community know that. I play great tennis against high-calibre players”.

Tiafoe loves the challenge of playing on grass

"It forces me to play the right way,” said Tiafoe, who reached the cinch Championships quarter-finals (l.

to Shapovalov) two weeks ago. “It forces me to play super aggressive. It forces me to be off my front foot on both sides, it forces me to come to the net, because otherwise you're vulnerable”. Tsitsipas, who made the French Open final a few weeks ago, has now picked up back-to-back early exits at Wimbledon.

I'm 2019, Tsitsipas also picked up a first round exit at The Championships. "For sure lack of matches was crucial today. The transition from clay to grass, in my opinion, is probably the most difficult one, if not the biggest challenge in our sport.

I just wasn't able to adapt,” Tsitsipas said. “I obviously didn't want it to be like this, to get to the point where I'm completely out of control. "There wasn't that same fighting spirit that I usually put out on the court.

I would like to see a different me next time. There have been times that I was much more motivated than this. But that's no reason for me not to play well”.