Stefanos Tsitsipas after surviving French Open first round scare: I’m going to keep working hard to improve

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Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas beat Italian Lorenzo Musetti 5-7, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-2 in the first round of the French Open. He will next meet Czech Zdenek Kolar in the second round.

Stefanos Tsitsipas (Courtesy: Reuters)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Stefanos Tsitsipas beat Lorenzo Musetti 5-7, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-2
  • Stefanos Tsitsipas will meet Zdenek Kolar in the second round
  • Stefanos Tsitsipas is the runners-up of last year’s French Open

Stefanos Tsitsipas, the runner-up in last year’s French Open, survived a first-round scare at the 2022 major clay event, beating Lorenzo Musetti of Italy 5-7, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-2 to enter the second round on Tuesday night.

The Greek fourth seed Tsitsipas seemed out of sorts initially in the first two sets before finding his form to setup a game against Czech Zdenek Kolar.

“It was a great first round. I’m going to keep working hard to improve and build a relationship with the crowd here,” Tsitsipas said after the match.

During the last edition of the French Open, Musetti took the first two sets against world no.1 Novak Djokovic in the last 16 before injury forced the Italian to retire.

In the first round match against Tsitsipas in the 2022 edition, the Italian broke decisively in the 11th game in the opening set when an unforced error from Tsitsipas gave him a 6-5 lead. Musetti followed up on serve and took a one-set lead as Tsitsipas buried a backhand into the net.

While Tsitsipas continued to struggle, Musetti carried the momentum into the second set as he took a 4-0 advantage against the Greek. The Italian took a two-set lead as Tsitsipas made another unforced error but not before Musetti missing out with a double fault.

Tsitsipas started to pull things back in the next two sets, making the most of Musetti’s nerves to level the contest.

The Greek meant business and wrapped up the match as the Italian seemed to have run out of gas. With the win, Tsitsipas has extended his stay in the bottom half of the draw and will not have to meet the defending champion Djokovic or clay legend Rafael Nadal.

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