Stefanos Tsitsipas slips into the third round of Roland-Garros without reassuring

There is better at Stefanos Tsitsipas. This time, the Greek did not need to overcome a handicap of two sets to pass, as in his first round against Lorenzo Musetti. But even if he is qualified for the third round of Roland-Garros, he still seems to be in the running-in period, as evidenced by the third set left to Zdenek Kolar, a player who is playing his first matches at Roland-Garros on the main circuit this season. .

Uninspired, the finalist for the 2021 edition relied on his serve (25 aces), his forehand, and composure in two of the three tie-breaks. In the first, he overcame a coaching warning, cashed in with phlegm, won a point despite a wooded backhand mounted very high in the gloomy sky of Suzanne-Lenglen, saved a set point on a winning service and concluded his third opportunity on a snatch rally.

Tsitsipas overwhelmed by frustration

In the tiebreak of the fourth inning, Tsitsipas, who had shown his frustration several times earlier by addressing his racquet in harsh terms, first managed to save four set points, logically obtained by the qualified Czech, who exhausted the Greek of amortizations (31 distilled in four hours). The world number four rebelled, then took control, to win on his second match point. And he threw away his racket of relief.

I knew him a little, and it’s never easy to play these players who are not in the main tournamentsreacted Tsitsipas. They have nothing to lose, they play more freely. It’s a different mentality. He pushed me a lot today, he was running on all the balls, he had a good net game. It was not easy to face it and I found the right solutions. I knew it would be a tough day. Today, I was present, I had opportunities, break points, I hung on, but he had very good ideas, did not overplay. He’s a smart player. ยป

Tsitsipas will face Swede Mikael Ymer in the third round.

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