Stefanos Tsitsipas declared after his victory against the Italian Jannik Sinner (7-5 and 6-2) that the German Alexander Zverev, his next rival in the semifinals of the Masters 1.000 in Rome, is "very difficult to beat."
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«I have a lot of respect for him and for what he has achieved so far, although not that feeling. When I play against him I want to go out and show my best version," Tsitsipas told a news conference.
The Greek prevailed on the center court over Sinner and the public that supported him, displaying his best tennis so far in the tournament.
"I'm happy with my match, it hasn't been easy but my performance has been consistent, especially in the 'tie-break', where I had to make decisions and they turned out well," explained the tennis player.
In the second round, Tsitsipas was the clear dominator of the match: «Since I won in the tie-break I felt that things were in my favor».
In addition, he talked about the situation he had to deal with when he had match ball. An assistant needed medical assistance in the stands, so the match, with the players on the court prepared, was stopped for ten minutes.
The referee tried to resume the game twice but every time the Greek tried, he was booed loudly by the public.
The semi-final between Tsitsipas and Zverev will take place on Saturday on center court at the Foro Italico in Rome.