Greek tennis star Stefanos Tsitsipas admitted he didn’t know what to expect from Benoit Paire during their Acapulco first round clash.
Tsitsipas, seeded at No. 1, stormed past Paire 6-3 6-1 to set up a round-of-16 meeting against American John Isner.
The Greek claimed four breaks throughout the match and lost no service games to easily beat Paire.
“I didn’t know what to expect from Benoit today,” Tsitsipas said, per the ATP website. “I think it’s kind of tricky playing a tournament you haven’t played before.
“I felt very responsible and very truthful to the way I was playing and the way I was fighting so that was really nice to see. The crowd brought all the energy, they backed me up, they supported me throughout the entire match.
“That is always important when you’re a newcomer into tournaments. That was something that felt great playing that match.”
It was a tricky match for Tsitsipas
Last week, Paire made some interesting comments as he said: ”Third I will talk about the ATP circuit which has become sad, boring and ridiculous .. I know you are going to say you don’t realize how lucky you are blah-blah-blah, but playing in closed stadiums without any atmosphere Isn’t that why I play tennis .., have to stay either at the hotel or at the tennis club and be forbidden to go out on pain of exclusion and a fine, or is the pleasure of traveling? tennis and become a tasteless job .. So yes I need time to adapt to this pseudo ATP circuit but I will make the efforts to try to just rediscover the pleasure of playing tennis .. I am not talking about results I I’m going to go play Acapulco and Miami after thinking a lot, and my goal will be just to have a smile on the field and enjoy kicking a ball, that I win yes that I lose I really don’t care.”