No. 2 seed Stefanos Tsitsipas admitted that Lorenzo Musetti made it hard for him in their Lyon semifinal clash. Tsitsipas lost the opening set but recovered to beat Musetti 4-6 6-3 6-0 and reach the Lyon final. "I had to stay calm," Tsitsipas said on court.
"It was difficult to be a set down and have to kind of refresh myself and come anew in the second set. He was still putting [in] a lot of work and making me work for every single point. It wasn’t easy." Musetti broke Tsitsipas in the fifth game and saved a break point in the 10th game, before realizing his first set point to win the opener.
Tsitsipas broke Musetti in the fourth game of the second set but got broken back in the seventh game. However, Tsitsipas kept his focus as he broke Musetti again in the eighth game and served out for the second set in the ninth game.
The Greek then dominated the third set as he collected three breaks and lost no service games to complete a comeback win. "It was important I had a match like this," Tsitsipas said. "It makes me stay humble and focus on some detailed things I can potentially improve and get better at on clay."
Tsitsipas expected a tough match
Earlier this year, Tsitsipas handed a 6-1 6-3 loss to Musetti in the Acapulco semifinal. Despite a convincing win over Musetti in Acapulco, Tsitsipas claimed it would not be easy against the Italian in Lyon.
“We played in different conditions [and] on a hard court,” said Tsitsipas. “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."
Meanwhile, Musetti underlined he would give his best to prevent the Greek from dominating him like in Acapulco. “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." Tsitsipas will be fighting against Great Britain's Cameron Norrie for the Lyon title.