No.4 seed Stefanos Tsitsipas powered past tricky opponent Aslan Karatsev in straight sets(6-3, 6-4) to reach the third round at Monte Carlo Masters 2021. After the match, the 22-year-old from Greece admits he is working hard to get close to his sport’s legends.
“My Clay Court Experience Helps A Lot To Come Back Each Year Stronger”: Tsitsipas
In a highly anticipated second-round match, Tsitsipas locked horns with one of the season’s best performers, Aslan Karatsev, on Court Rainier III in Monaco. However, an experienced Greek sent a Russian stalwart packing things in an hour and 24 minutes to confirm his third round spot at Monte Carlo Masters for the second time in a row.
“I knew I had to face a difficult opponent today. Aslan has (had some) great results this year… I managed to push him back and attack with my forehand. Things worked out pretty well for me,” Stefanos Tsitsipas said in the post-match interview.
World No.5 further expressed, “My clay court experience helps a lot to come back each year stronger, knowing that I have done better before. It was a very beautiful game out there, and I enjoyed it.”
Stefanos Tsitsipas Aims To Become A Consistent Player In Men’s Game
Following a comfortable victory over Aslan Karatsev, the 2019 ATP Finals champion has a win-loss record of 18-5 this season. Since the beginning of 2021, he has played five quarter-finals, including the final run at the ATP Acapulco Open and the semi-final run at the Australian Open and Rotterdam Open.
When speaking about his goal, Tsitsipas said, “I’m putting [in] hours on the court, trying to become consistent (and) get close to the legends of our sport. I am working every single day. I am very far from that, but it is definitely a dream of mine that I want to achieve one day.”
To reach the quarter-final in Monte Carlo Masters 2021, Stefanos Tsitsipas will face either American John Millman or Chilean Cristian Garin.