Greek tennis star Stefanos Tsitsipas won’t be taking world No. 12 Andrey Rublev for granted when they meet in the French Open as he says the Russian is “difficult to play against.” Tsitsipas, seeded at No. 5, cruised past 2017 Nitto ATP Finals champion Grigor Dimitrov in straight sets to reach his maiden French Open quarterfinal.
On the other side, 22-year-old Rublev beat top-ranked Hungarian Marton Fucsovics in four sets to also progress into his maiden quarterfinal at Roland Garros. “He’s a tough cookie. He’s going to be difficult to play against.
He has a very complete, solid game from all the departments…I think he for sure brings the best out of me when I step out on the court to play against him,” Tsitsipas said, per Ravi Ubha.
Tsitsipas will need to be clutch when he meets Rublev
After his round-of-16 win over Dimitrov, Tsitsipas said the second way the key in his straight-set win.
The Greek saved two set points in the second set, before he converted his third set point to take a two-set lead. “The tie-break was very tense. The tie-break was where all the money was,” Tsitsipas said after beating Dimitrov, per the ATP website.
“I am glad that I played good tennis and I didn’t panic. I stayed concentrated, stayed low-key and tried to take it point-by-point. “I think it worked out pretty well at the end. I showed lots of discipline, lots of responsibility.
It was a very responsible win in the second set and I am very happy with myself and the attitude that I put out on the court”. Against Rublev, Tsitsipas will have to convert his chances as the Russian is also playing at a high level.
After Rublev reached the French Open quarterfinal, Russian Tennis Federation chief Kamil Tarpischev wasn’t surprised a bit. “He reached this stage, well done already. He won thanks to his character and sporting anger, by recovering the second set,” Tarpishchev told the TASS Russian News Agency.
“It was a victory of will and character, it is a great achievement. It is now a question of how quickly he can recover, because you need to be in great health against [Stefanos] Tsitsipas. Andrey won their last match, but it does not me.”
Tsitsipas, who blew six match points in his third round clash against Borna Coric at the US Open, is aiming to lift his maiden Grand Slam title at the French Open.