Stefanos Tsitsipas Indian Wells 2021

‘I don’t know what happened’ – Stefanos Tsitsipas extends record against Fabio Fognini


Stefanos Tsitsipas admitted he didn’t know how he managed to come back against Fabio Fognini in the third round at Indian Wells. 

The Greek star was evidently rattled by the Italian early on in the contest, but eventually found his way to victory 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 in two hours and four minutes.

The 30th seed led by a set and a break, though rued his missed opportunities as the Greek came firing back to book a fourth round meeting with Alex de Minaur.

The world number three now extends his unbeaten record against Fognini to 3-0 as he extends his tour leading match wins to 53 for the calendar year.

Following the contest, Tsitsipas failed to explain how he managed to keep his title hopes alive and admitted it just ‘happened somehow’.

“Great comeback, honestly… I don’t know what happened,” Tsitsipas said. “I really wanted to get back in the match and it happened somehow.

“From [a set and a break down] I just took it point by point and it worked out pretty well. A good mindset and also a bit of patience helped as well. I found solutions in those tough moments and really felt like I had momentum.”

After levelling the scores at 2-2 in the second set, the crowd rallied behind the second seed and the unforced error count of the Italian grew to give Tsitsipas the momentum.

Stefanos Tsitsipas Indian Wells 2021
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