Greek tennis star Stefanos Tsitsipas insisted Grigor Dimitrov brought a high level of tennis to their match as he was glad that he managed to win his Vienna opener.
Tsitsipas, seeded at No. 1, beat former world No. 3 Tsitsipas 7-6 (6) 6-4 to progress into the Vienna second round.
“Grigor is a tough competitor and the level of tennis was really high today. We both competed at our highest [level],” Tsitsipas said in his post-match interview, per the ATP website. “That was great tennis that was being played during the entire match and I got really close to my [best] offence and showed incredible attitude [in] the last game, which was the one that was the most crucial of the match.”
Dimitrov had his chances against Tsitsipas but failed to capitalize
Dimitrov had two break points in the second game and one more in the fourth game but Tsitsipas saved those three break points.
As no breaks were seen in the first set, the set had to resolved in a tie-break.
Dimitrov had a 6-3 lead in the tie-break but Tsitsipas won five points in a row to save three consecutive set points and steal the opener.
Tsitsipas saved a break point in the ninth game of the second set, before claiming the first break of the match in the 10th game to book a straight-set win.
“It’s important to aim for offensive tennis. The court speed is fast here and you have certain expectations of yourself. I came really close to those expectations today,” Tsitsipas said. “I was there when I had to be and when I had to show offensive tennis. I think dealing with all the nerves and all the tight moments when they show up is also very important to improve your mentality and your psychology during these kinds of matches.”
Tsitsipas will be fighting against American Frances Tiafoe for a place in the Vienna quarterfinal.