One week after defeating Rafael Nadal in straight units to achieve his first clay-court ATP Masters 1000 closing on the Mutua Madrid Open, Stefanos Tsitsipas insisted that his two-set loss to the Spaniard on the Internazionali BNL d’Italia wasn’t because of a drop in efficiency, however as a substitute, the velocity of the courtroom.
Bidding to achieve back-to-back ATP Masters 1000 finals for the primary time, Tsitsipas beat Jannik Sinner and Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters champion Fabio Fognini en path to the final 4 on the Foro Italico. However the three-time tour-level titlist, who leads the ATP Tour with 29 wins from 40 matches this yr, claimed slower circumstances in Rome have been the important thing consider his reversal of fortunes after falling to his fourth loss in 5 FedEx ATP Head2Head encounters in opposition to the eight-time Rome winner.
“I feel [Rafa’s] sport was the identical, like final week,” stated Tsitsipas. “The courtroom was totally different, a lot slower. I assume that helps him. He feels extra certain with himself, has extra time to execute his plan.
“In Madrid, as I stated, altitude, courts are sooner, balls are sooner. The photographs that I performed in the present day, I performed comparable photographs final week. At the moment these photographs felt actually gradual and he had loads of time to cross me after I was approaching to the online, which in Madrid it felt fairly totally different. It did not really feel like I had a lot management of my photographs… The courtroom velocity was the distinction, I might say. However he performed just about the identical. Perhaps somewhat bit higher, however [there was] not a noticeable distinction.”
Regardless of failing to affix Novak Djokovic (2011 Madrid & Rome) as solely the second participant to beat Nadal in back-to-back clay-court tournaments, Tsitsipas heads into Roland Garros stuffed with confidence after a formidable run of outcomes in the course of the European clay swing. The #NextGenATP Greek lifted his first ATP Tour title on clay on the Millennium Estoril Open (d. Cuevas) and has reached the semi-finals or higher at consecutive Masters 1000 occasions for the primary time, following his closing run in Madrid and last-four look in Rome.
“I’m glad [with my results since Estoril]. I had quite a lot of matches on clay. I feel that is essential coming right into a match just like the French Open. I feel I realized so much these three weeks,” stated Tsitsipas. “It is good to return right into a Grand Slam understanding what you probably did effectively, what you probably did fallacious, making an attempt to focus on these issues with a purpose to keep away from the identical errors within the huge occasions.”