Stefanos Tsitsipas explains the rain ordeal in Rome last week, but remains focused on Roland Garros

World No.5 Stefanos Tsitsipas talks about how the rain played spoilsport in Rome last week in his match against Novak Djokovic.

Stefanos Tsitsipas
Stefanos Tsitsipas

World No.5 Stefanos Tsitsipas is having a fabulous time on the clay this season. The Greek won the title in Monte Carlo a month ago, and also made the finals of Barcelona. Last week, he was also seen in action against Novak Djokovic in Rome, where he was on the brink of beating the World No.1 in the semifinals.

After leading by a set and a break in the second, rough weather forced the authorities to postpone play for the evening. Therefore, both Tsitsipas and Djokovic had to come out the next day and finish proceedings. Unfortunately, the frequent stop-start in play proved to be the downfall for the young Greek, despite having to serve out for the match.

Later, Tsitsipas opened up on the rain-marred contest and shared his views on how tough the whole situation was. “It was hard to deal with it two days in a row, especially going to sleep that night. There’s a lot of adrenaline. It would probably have been different playing in the rain. It doesn’t matter, the situation was the way it was, you can’t change it.”

‘My focus remains on the French Open’: Stefanos Tsitsipas

Stefanos Tsitsipas
Stefanos Tsitsipas

Currently, the 22-year-old is in Lyon playing his final tournament before Roland Garros, which begins on May 30. Speaking to the ATP, Tsitsipas spoke about his chances in Paris.

“A lot of players have been playing great, but it may not translate into the French. I need to concentrate on the French, more than any other big event. I feel [that] I’m in a position I’ve never been in before, so it’s exciting. I want to try and replicate my form, but I know it’s two weeks of hell. It’s difficult, but I want to stay focused on my goal.”

The former French Open semifinalist will take on Tommy Paul in the opening round in Lyon and has compiled a 29-8 match record this season.

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