"I'm happy to be playing well enough, also to be part of something so special," Stefanos Tsitsipas said to the Roland Garros media. He was able to defuse the Andrey Rublev's game and carried out a win in the quarterfinal in Paris.
It might have been a carryover of him losing to the Russian the last time they met. It was the German Open and Rublev was the one who carried the trophy. The Greek isn't taking his time on getting a successful mantra being that he's only turned pro four years now and has captured five ATP titles already.
Tsitsipas captured his greatest and most memorable last year at the Nitto ATP Finals 2019. He remarked back then that "The crowd was just phenomenal, having such an army behind me while I am on court...They give me the belief that I can achieve the things I want to achieve on the court..."
But Tsitsipas has been in 3 finals this abbreviated season. The Open 13 in France where he won the title over Felix Auger-Aliassime. It was then the Dubai Championships having a loss over Novak Djokovic. The Greek has cranked up a heavy resume so far and since the Pandemic without the inflow of a sold out crowd.
This is proof that the former NextGen has carefully created his own mantra his way to have the confidence in pushing out victories. "I'm happy to be in the position I am today," Tsitsipas had said after his quarterfinal win of 7-5, 6-2, 6-3 at Roland Garros.
"I watched some epic thrillers, I don't really remember which ones," Tsitsipas laughingly said. Stefanos Tsitsipas has himself been in thrillers and has come out more experienced in them all.
The Greek had played at the German Open and used his insight on playing Rublev.
It was a tough match with the Russian had many great shots and strategies on Tsitsipas but it was the Greek who had the magnificent winning shots when it literally counted.
He'd find the open court. He'd hit the angles and painted the lines. He had the answers against the Russian. If he continues this trek of dominance on the court he'll have an excellent chance of going up against his opponent to capture his first French Open title.