Stefanos Tsitsipas expresses relief after surviving Grigor Dimitrov scare in Vienna

Stefanos Tsitsipas, a Greek tennis player, insisted that Grigor Dimitrov brought a good level of tennis to their encounter and expressed his delight at winning his Vienna opener.

Tsitsipas, seeded No. 1, advanced to the second round of the Vienna Open by defeating former world No. 3 Tsitsipas 7-6 (6) 6-4.

“Grigor is a tough competitor and the level of tennis was really high today. We both competed at our highest [level],” Tsitsipas as per reports on the ATP website.

“That was great tennis that was being played during the entire match and I got really close to my [best] offence and showed incredible attitude [in] the last game, which was the one that was the most crucial of the match.”

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Stefanos Tsitsipas. Source:

Dimitrov had his chances against Tsitsipas

In the second game, Dimitrov had two break points, and in the fourth game, he had one more, but Tsitsipas saved all three break points.

Because there were no breaks in the first set, the set had to be decided by a tie-break.

In the tie-break, Dimitrov led 6-3, but Tsitsipas scored five games in a row to save three set points and take the opening.

Tsitsipas survived a break point in the ninth game of the second set. Before breaking for the first time in the match in the tenth game to seal the victory.

“It’s important to aim for offensive tennis. The court speed is fast here and you have certain expectations of yourself. I came really close to those expectations today,” Tsitsipas said.

“I was there when I had to be and when I had to show offensive tennis.

“I think dealing with all the nerves and all the tight moments when they show up is also very important to improve your mentality and your psychology during these kinds of matches.”

Tsitsipas will compete for a spot in the Vienna quarterfinals against American Frances Tiafoe.

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