Nikoloz Basilashvili reacts to stunning Stefanos Tsitsipas in Indian Wells

World No. 36 Nikoloz Basilashvili insisted he was “not that happy” with his performance despite stunning No. 2 seed Stefanos Tsitsipas in the Indian Wells Masters quarterfinal.

Basilashvili, a former world No. 16, stunned world No. 3 Tsitsipas 6-4 2-6 6-4 to reach his maiden Masters semifinal. 

“I have played really great matches this tournament,” Basilashvili said. “I was not that happy with how I played today but I was happy with how I managed my stress levels. First time in the quarter-finals and it is a big court and Stefanos is a super tough player. I had to keep my physical levels and energy levels in a really good shape because I knew mentally I would be a little bit tight and stressed.”

Basilashvili happy his hard work is paying off 

After winning the first set, Basilashvili suffered two breaks in the second set and the match went into a decider. 

Basilashvili blew an early third-set break but broke Tsitsipas again in the seventh game and held on to his serve the rest of the way to book a three-set win. 

“I have spent a lot of time working hard,” Basilashvili added. “I have been playing really well. For me to overcome stressful moments I am really happy. I also found it here that the conditions don’t suit my game because the balls fly a lot, but this year I am playing well.”

Tsitsipas spoke highly of Indian Wells on several occasions during the tournament and he made it clear that he would really like to win the tournament.

“California is a great place for tennis with great weather and ideal conditions,” Tsitsipas said. “When it comes to organising things for players [it is great]. Indian Wells is known to be one of the best tennis tournaments in the world and every single player is excited to be playing here.

“It does feel like a big thing, you kind of feel the same honour at this tournament and Miami as a Slam. There is something about it.”