Top-ranked Greek tennis player Stefanos Tsitsipas was happy with his performance against Japan's Yoshihito Nishioka in the Lyon quarterfinal. Tsitsipas, seeded at No. 2, overcame Nishioka 6-3 6-4 to set up a Lyon semifinal against Italian Lorenzo Musetti.
Tsitsipas broke Nishioka once in each set and faced no break points to earn a routine win. “It was a good match from my side, he was serving well,” said Tsitsipas, per the ATP website. “His game is a little unpredictable and he is one of the best left-handers out there.
It’s never easy to construct the point and he is able to penetrate and play shots you don’t expect. I knew he was going to fight and not give up. I am pretty glad to have won”. Back in March, Tsitsipas beat Musetti 6-1 6-3 in the Acapulco semifinal.
“We played in different conditions [and] on a hard court,” said Tsitsipas, following his 6-3, 6-4 quarter-final victory over Yoshihito Nishioka in Lyon. “The conditions here are different. We share similar games with a one-handed backhand, which is beautiful to see.
Tomorrow is going to be serious business and I know he can play well on this surface and elevate his game”.
Musetti praises Tsitsipas
Musetti beat Slovenian Aljaz Bedene 6-3 7-6 (2) to reach the Lyon semifinal. “It was a crazy end,” said Musetti.
“I was 6-5 up, and at 30/30 played a really bad volley and hit an underarm serve. Sometimes I go out of my mind. I am really proud of myself as I was 2-5 down in the second set and I stayed focused. I tried to play each point at my best”.
Musetti admitted that Tsitsipas dominated him in Acapulco and this time he hopes to avoid that outcome. “He is one of the best guys on Tour,” said Musetti on Friday. “Acapulco was really tough for me as I played a lot of matches and I didn’t have enough energy to play 100 per cent.
He served really well, and he played well with the forehand, moving me around a lot. I will try to lead the match and try not have him dominate me”. Anyway, Tsitsipas won't be taking Musetti for granted when they meet in Lyon.
“I have been following his performances, he has been improving a lot and has a good record on clay, beating some good opponents,” said Tsitsipas. “I expect big things for him”.