Stefanos Tsitsipas 2021

‘I want to get the best out of my tennis’ – Stefanos Tsitsipas wins Lyon opener

Stefanos Tsitsipas said he “can play against anyone” and reiterated his love of playing on his “favourite surface” clay after beating Tommy Paul in Lyon.

The world No. 5 defeated the American 6-1, 6-4 in the second round of the ATP 250 tournament to set up a quarter-final against Yoshihito Nishioka.

Despite making just 49% of his first serves, the Greek did not face a break point as he won 78% of his total service points.

“I had a great time today here out on court, with the people (fans). We were able to create a nice atmosphere,” Tsitsipas said in a post-match interview.

“I’m very glad that I get to play here in France once again. I find the French public really nice and they have been always supporting me in every single match.

“I’ve felt a lot of love and support from them in difficult moments when I’m on the court, and I want to get the best out of my tennis.

“(Nishioka) is a player who is really fast, that helps on clay. He has clay court tennis. For sure, I’m going to take that match as an important one.

“I feel like I’m playing good tennis, I can play against anyone. These matches are important, every single one of them. Doesn’t matter if it’s against the best or against lower ranked (players).

“I feel like it’s going to be a battle against Yoshihito, he’s a lefty. And on the red clay, my favourite surface. I love playing here.”

The last eight contest on Friday will be the 22-year-old’s first meeting with world No. 60 Nishioka.

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