Greek tennis star Stefanos Tsitsipas was happy that he managed to play his game against American Frances Tiafoe at the Tokyo Olympics. Tsitsipas, ranked at No. 4 in the world, saw off Tiafoe 6-3 6-4 to progress into the Tokyo round-of-16.
“There was [a different feel] yeh,” Tsitsipas said, per the ITF website. “I enjoyed playing under the closed roof. The court kind of felt quicker, but that didn’t stop me from playing the game I wanted to play”.
Tsitsipas was happy with the way he performed against Tiafoe. “I’m always trying to find solutions, find ways to fix my mistakes and get a better outcome - that was the case today,” said Tsitsipas. “I was able to maintain the high levels of concentration and deliver good tennis in moments where I had to.
“It was a very-well balanced game, mentally”.
Tiafoe gave credit to Tsitsipas
Tiafoe saw off Tsitsipas in straight sets at Wimbledon a month ago. "I didn’t serve great today," admitted Tiafoe (who remains active in the doubles alongside Rio 2016 mixed silver medallist Rajeev Ram).
"He had a lot of second serves. He was able to work the point for his forehand. At Wimbledon I was serving much better, I was able to serve and volley and put a lot more pressure on him. "But he played well today, man.
He struck the ball well. He played the right way at the big times. He’s a good player. He’s where he is for a reason." Meanwhile, world No. 143 Liam Broady stunned 12 Hubert Hurkacz 7-5 3-6 6-3 to make the Tokyo round-of-16.
“I think it helped watching Hubert a lot over the last few years – I watched him a lot last night. The team put together a few clips for me of him playing against lefties, to sort of get a rough idea of how he plays, and that helped a lot with being more comfortable out there.
“It’s quite a difficult situation for him – he probably has no idea how I play. No fault of his own, obviously, just not many people watch the Challengers. “I don’t think anyone expects very much of me and that works well for me.
Over the last year and a half, I’ve started to put a few results together and started to build stable foundations within my tennis off the court, and that’s starting to pay off this year”. Broady plays next against Jeremy Chardy.