Greek tennis star Stefanos Tsitsipas said he was happy with how he responded after falling down by a set to Karen Khachanov in the Rome last-16.
Khachanov won the opening set of the meeting versus Tsitsipas but the Greek dominated the rest of the match as he claimed a 4-6 6-0 6-3 victory.
“It was a great, great match. I really upgraded my game in the second set,” Tsitsipas said. “I was really able to follow through after every shot. I loosened up a little bit and concentrated on depth a little bit more.
“I hit great serves towards the end of the third set. I was able to stay calm on each serve and I was not rushing. I tried to visualise my patterns and it was a great last game.”
Tsitsipas survives another tricky match
A day earlier, Tsitsipas saved two match points to edge out Grigor Dimitrov in the Rome second round.
On Thursday, Tsitsipas struggled again but managed to recover and win.
Tsitsipas made a slow start to the match as he got broken in the opening game of the match.
Tsitsipas missed out on a break point in the fourth game but broke Khachanov in the sixth game to level the set to three games apiece.
Blowing an early break didn’t impact Khachanov, who broke Tsitsipas again in the ninth game and served out for the first set in the following game.
Tsitsipas bounced back in style after losing the first set as he broke Khachanov three times in the second set to easily force a decider.
Tsitsipas continued his run at the start of the third set, taking an early 3-0 lead.
Khachanov served out the fourth game to end Tsitsipas’ run of nine consecutive games but he couldn’t get the break back as Tsitsipas completed a comeback win.
“It hasn’t been easy the past two matches, but as long as I find my way, that is what matters the most,” Tsitsipas added.