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”It’s like playing in the Colosseum” Stefanos Tsitsipas outlasts a spirited Grigor Dimitrov in Rome

Stefanos Tsitsipas moves to the third in Rome after a very tough battle with Grigor Dimitrov. The greek saved two match points to get past Dimitrov.

Stefanos Tsitsipas

Stefanos Tsitsipas faced former world number 3, Grigor Dimitrov, in the ’round of 32′ in the Italian Open 2022. Tsitsipas moved on from a lackluster hard court season to defend his title in the Monte-Carlo Masters 2022. He also made a semifinal visit in both Barcelona Open and the Mutua Madrid Open, where he lost to Carlos Alcaraz and Alexander Zverev respectively.

Tsitsipas is a clay-court specialist, and he will look to make another bid for the final at the Roland-Garros. Unfortunately, he was the runner-up in the French Open 2021 and was on the losing side of a five-set marathon against Novak Djokovic. Tsitsipas arrived in Rome to get some more confidence before the final battle in France. He faced a very tough test by the Bulgarian.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas gets a taste of the hustle.

Stefanos Tsitsipas, Grigor Dimitrov

Tsitsipas saved two match points in his encounter with Dimitrov and finally emerged victorious with a score of 6-3, 5-7, 7-6(4). Stefanos Tsitsipas will face Karen Khachanov in the next round as the greek makes a bid for another final in Italy.

Tsitsipas was present for an on-court interview after the battle. He said:

” Incredible fight (phew!), I am extremely happy I was able to overcome this obstacle. Grigor played really well and gave me a really hard time on the court. Just so many emotions, and the fact that I was able to process all that and come back stronger in the third set, it was a great way to redeem myself after not being able to hold the last game in the second set.”

On account of being 6-3 and 5-3 up to going to fight till the third set tiebreaker, Tsitsipas said:

“I really don’t know. I am trying to process the whole fight, the whole match. You definitely don’t wish to anyone when you’re playing so well. I started those points on the backfoot so, I will go back in the court an work on that”

Tsitsipas was also very happy about the atmosphere of the game. He said:

“It’s like playing in the Colosseum. There’s so much energy coming from the crowd. People who came to watch the match were so into it, more than us. It gave for a great atmosphere and a great gladiator-kind of environment on the court”

Tsitsipas would like to avoid getting himself into such a mess but this match would also give him confidence that he can handle the pressure.

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