Stefanos Tsitsipas drops big praise on Felix Auger-Aliassime ahead of Acapulco clash

Greek tenns star Stefanos Tsitsipas knew that John Isner was a tricky opponent and he didn’t hide his happiness after beating the big-serving American to make the Acapulco quarterfinal. 

Tsitsipas, seeded at No. 1, beat Isner easier than expected as he claimed a 6-3 6-2 win to make the quarterfinal in his Acapulco debut. 

Tsitsipas got off to a perfect start as he took a 3-0 lead, before serving out for the opener in the ninth game. 

The Greek then got off to even a better start to the second set as he took a 4-0 lead, before serving out for the match in the eighth game. 

“I mean things worked out pretty well,” Tsitsipas said, per the ATP website. “I think I had good return games today and that was very important. You don’t want to get into tie-breaks with this guy, it can get really dangerous.

“Today I just managed to stay composed and concentrated on all moments. I had opportunities, I won actually most of my break point opportunities… which was important. It gave me so much confidence throughout the whole match.” 

Tsitsipas not taking Felix Auger-Aliassime got granted 

Breaking Isner early helped Tsitsipas in the rest of the match against the American. 

“It adds a little psychology when you’ve broken once, when you’ve broken twice,” Tsitsipas said. “Coming into matches like this I try to work on my return a lot and in the practice sessions before the match, I had a player [stand] in the service box today serving so that definitely helps.” 

Tsitsipas will fight against rising Canadian star Auger-Aliassime for a place in the Acapulco semifinal. 

“Always, yeah it is very difficult playing against him,” he said of the Canadian. “I think I’m going to try and approach that match the same way. Every match I get to play here in Acapulco is important. Hopefully we can have a great day tomorrow as well.”