World No. 4 Stefanos Tsitsipas lost his first match since the elbow surgery but he was glad with the level he showed against Argentine tennis star Diego Schwartzman.
Tsitsipas, a former world No. 3, skipped his opening match at the ATP Cup because he didn’t feel ready.
On Monday, Tsitsipas decided to give a shot to singles and he clashed world No. 13 Schwartzman.
Tsitsipas won the opening set against Schwartzman but the Argentine recovered to win 6-7 (5) 6-3 6-3.
Tsitsipas blew three set points in the 12th game of the first set but the converted his fifth set point in the tie-break to win a tight opener.
After winning the first set and starting the second set with a break, Tsitsipas’ game fell apart as Schwartzman dominated the rest of the match to win in three sets.
“It was good to see myself perform at such a level. I didn’t expect it. It worked out better than I thought. I was able to hit balls that I was scared to hit two weeks ago, so heading towards the right direction,” Tsitsipas said, per Tennis Majors.
Tsitsipas unsure about the Australian Open
“I’m in a little bit of pain. That’s normal. I served more serves than I have ever served at the last one month. Yeah, the fatigue at the end, but, you know, I tried to avoid the pain. Got to finish the match somehow,” Tsitsipas revealed.
Tsitsipas would love to play the Australian Open but he is not sure if he will be able.
“I don’t know what my future plans are for this tournament. I’m not really sure. I’d love to play, but I really don’t know how I’m going to feel tomorrow,” Tsitsipas stated.
Also, Tsitsipas was asked about Alexander Zverev declaring himself, Novak Djokovic and Daniil Medvedev as the new Big Three.
“Let tennis do the talking,” Tsitsipas said.