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Stefanos Tsitipas overcomes John Isner in late-night match at Roland Garros

The world number five came back from a set down to beat the American in the last match played at the tournament on Friday.




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Stefanos Tsitsipas battled back from a one set deficit to beat John Isner 5-7, 6-3, 7-6, 6-1 in two hours and 38 minutes in a late-night clash on Philippe Chatrier.


” You know John (Isner) he is a big guy who hits amazing strokes from time to time and I can honestly learn a lot playing against him,” said Tsitsipas.
He is one of the toughest guys to play and his serve is such a big obstacle. I didn’t have the best start but things started to go my way in the second set and I started to find my returns. I started to feel my game a bit better from the baseline and my head cleaned up which led to that important victory”.

It was world number 34 Isner who had the faster start and in the opening game of the match he would earn two breakpoints to start applying pressure right away but Tsitsipas hung in. From then it stayed on serve until 5-5 when Isner set up three more chances to get the break with a stunning forehand return winner and would get the first break of the match and serve out the first set.

The beginning of the second set was another tight affair and this time it was the 22 year old with three chances to break at 2-1 but the Greensboro, North Carolina native was able to save all three and hold serve once again.

At 3-3 Tsitsipas served an untimely double fault to give the American another breakpoint but saved it right away on the following point. In the next game he got his first break of the match which was crucial as he would serve out the second set to level the match.

The third frame featured both players holding serve and not giving an inch. With no break points occurring proceedings went into a tiebreaker and that’s when the world number five got a 3-1 lead before winning the breaker 7-3 thus taking a two sets to one lead.

In the fourth set Tsitsipas began to take over the match and after holding the opening service game he would break the following game with a superb backhand winner to take an early 2-0 lead. It stayed on serve once again until 4-1 when the world number five earned two more chances to go up a double break and broke once more this time with a forehand winner to take a 5-1 lead and served out the match.

After the match in his on court interview Tsitsipas was asked about the second set when it looked like he was pumping himself up to stay in the set and in the match.

” The match was pretty much one pattern and it kept repeating itself over and over again, it was kinda difficult to adjust and there were many exchanges,” he said.
I felt my body was cold and I think that helped at that point with a little bit of anger and frustration and I let it all out and eventually it shook me up and woke me up as well to be able to handle future situations better”.

Tsitsipas will now face Pablo Carreno Busta in the fourth round of Roland Garros.


Stefanos Tsitsipas ‘Happy’ To Follow In Grandfather’s Footsteps At Olympics

The Greek speaks out about carrying his family’s legacy at the Games.




Stefanos Tsitsipas never met his grandfather but the two of them do have something in common – they are both Olympians.


The world No.4 has already created history in Tokyo by winning his first round match against Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber on Sunday to become the first male player from his country to win a singles match since 1924. Greece has won two medals at the Games but both of them were during its inaugural edition back in 1896.

Tsitsipas’ debut in Tokyo enables him to continue his family legacy of playing in the sporting extravaganza. His grandfather was Sergei Salnikov who played football for the Soviet Union during the 1950s. In 1956 Salnikov was part of the team who won Olympic gold in Melbourne. After retiring from the sport, he went on to manage the FC Spartak Moscow and the Afghanistan national team before passing away in 1984 aged 58.

“I’ve never had the opportunity to meet him. But my mom told me stories of his career and how he got it…. He kind of inspires me in a way,” said Tsitsipas. “I know what kind of athlete he was, with all the achievements and all the trophies. I’m proud of him.
“It’s something good, a legacy that is being carried on in the family. I’m happy to be the next in the family to be competing at the Olympics.”

It isn’t just a medal in the singles Tsitsipas has his eyes on, he will also be bidding for success in the mixed doubles alongside Maria Sakkari. The two previously paired up at the 2019 Hopman Cup where they finished second in their group.

“We have already played once (together), and we had great success,” Sakkari told reporters on Monday. “We know each other really well, and we are much better players two-and-a-half years later, and we are both really pumped to play together. Of course, I cannot predict that we will get a medal. We will try our best and I think we give ourselves the best chance we can.”

Tsitsipas will return to action tomorrow in the men’s singles where he will play Frances Tiafoe in the second round.

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Carlos Alcaraz reaches his first ATP Tour final in Umag




Spanish Next Gen star Carlos Alcaraz secured a spot in his first ATP tour-level final with a 6-2 7-6 (7-3) at the Plava Laguna Croatia Open in Umag. 


Alcaraz has become the youngest ATP Tour finalist since 18-year-old Kei Nishikori won the Delray Beach title in 2008. 

Alcaraz broke twice to open up a 4-0 lead and held his next service games to close out the first set 6-2. 

Ramos Vinolas came back from a break down three times in the second set, when Alcaraz served for the match. Alcaraz battled through the second-set tie-break to clinch the win after two hours. 

Alcaraz set up a final against Richard Gasquet, who battled past German qualifier Daniel Altmeier 7-6 (7-2) 3-6 6-3 after three hours and 11 minutes. 

Gasquet has become the second oldest finalist in tournament history. The 35-year-old saved seven of hi sten break points, but he converted just just 3 of his 17 break points.  

Gasquet rallied from a break down twice to draw level to 4-4 before winning the tie-break 7-2. Altmeier converted his third break point in the eighth game to win the second set 6-3. Altmeier saved three break points in the second game, before Gasquet converted his second break point in the sixth game to win the second set 6-3. 

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Novak Djokovic Cruises Past Dellien In Olympics Opener

Novak Djokovic’s bid for a historic golden slam continued in Tokyo.




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Novak Djokovic cruised past Hugo Dellien 6-2 6-2 to open his bid for a gold medal at the Olympics.


The world number one’s bid to achieve the golden slam is on after thrashing the Bolivian in humid conditions.

A perfect start for the Serbian who is looking to achieve the one thing he is yet to achieve and that’s win a gold medal.

Next for Djokovic will be Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff.

In 32C temperatures, Djokovic was looking to start his campaign off against Bolivian veteran Hugo Dellien.

The slow paced courts would suit Dellien as he engaged in some long rallies with the world number one early on.

Despite creating three break points in the fourth game, Djokovic would fail to break early on.

However Djokovic increased his level mixing up the pace and depth of his shots to create angles for simple winners.

On his fifth break point Djokovic would break for a 4-2 lead and the top seed would break for a second time as Dellien had no answers for the Serb’s defensive skills. First set to Djokovic in 33 minutes.

A similar pattern evolved in the second set only this time Djokovic did get a break in the fourth game, breaking to love.

Accurate serving and construction of points gave Djokovic an easy first round match as another break secured the match and sealed his spot into the second round.

A fine performance in tough conditions gave Djokovic’s bid for history the best possible start.

Next for Djokovic will be Jan-Lennard Struff who beat Thiago Monteiro 6-3 6-4.

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