Stefanos Tsitsipas: Fans in Paris have embraced me and made me one of them

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Stefanos Tsitsipas: Fans in Paris have embraced me and made me one of them

World No. 5 Stefanos Tsitsipas absolutely enjoys playing in Paris as he is hoping to win his maiden Grand Slam title at the French Open. Tsitsipas, who made the French Open semifinal last year, beat Pedro Martinez 6-3 6-4 6-3 to reach the third round at Roland Garros.

“I really like playing in Paris,” Tsitsipas said on court. “I feel like the fans have embraced me and made me one of them. So, I’m really glad my tennis is there, my performance is there, and I’m able to deliver not just good tennis but also create a good atmosphere on this court”.

Tsitsipas has had a big clay season so far and he is certainly hoping to end his clay season with the French Open title. Tsitsipas made it all the way at the Monte Carlo Masters and Lyon, while he ended runner-up at the Barcelona Open.

“I’ve had good weeks this year, I’ve had some good results, but, of course, I feel like there’s always better,” Tsitsipas said. “I don’t see my performance so far as super excellent and outstanding, but I’ve been consistent and that’s very important to maintain that [Race] lead that I’m looking for”.

Alexander Zverev joins Tsitsipas in the third round

Zverev, ranked at No. 6 in the world, handed a 7-6 (4) 6-3 7-6 (1) loss to Roman Safiullin. “I think he played a fantastic match. I'm happy to be through in three sets.

The match definitely wasn't easy. I'm happy not to have played another five-setter. I think it's going to be important for me during the course of this tournament”. Zverev was down by a break in the second and third sets.

“Obviously, I don't do it on purpose,” Zverev said about trailing in both the second and third sets, “I don't go into the match and say, ‘Okay, my tactic is I'm going to be a break down, I'm going to fight back and come back.’ That's not how it works.

I'm a break down most of the time because I play unfocused games or the opponent plays well”. Elsewhere, Casper Ruud beat Kamil Majchrzak to reach the third round. "It's nice to get some recognition that you had a good clay-court swing.

I've won many matches. I've built a kind of clay-court reputation for myself. I've been performing well many tournaments in a row this year. I think this is by far my best clay court season so far," Ruud said, when asked about his status as a dark horse at the tournament.