Stefanos Tsitsipas celebrates

‘I’m trying to get close to tennis legends’, says Stefanos Tsitsipas after beating Aslan Karatsev in Monte Carlo

Stefanos Tsitsipas described his win against Aslan Karatsev in Monte Carlo as a “beautiful game” and said he is working to get close to the legends of tennis.

The Greek star triumphed 6-3, 6-4 against the world No. 29 in the second round of the ATP Masters 1000 tournament. World No. 5 and fourth seed Tsitsipas had received a first round bye, while 27-year-old Karatsev defeated wildcard Lorenzo Musetti in his opening match.

After saving break points in the opening game, the 22-year-old broke Karatsev for 3-1 and served strongly to seal the first set. Tsitsipas then broke for 2-1 in the second set and – after saving break points in the next game – remained unbroken to close the match out.

“I knew I had to face a difficult opponent today. Aslan has (had some) great results this year,” Tsitsipas said in his post-match interview.

“I managed to push him back and attack with my forehand. Things worked out pretty well for me.

“My clay court experience helps a lot to come back each year stronger, knowing that I have done better before. It was a very beautiful game out there and I enjoyed it.

“I’m putting (in) hours on the court, trying to become consistent, (and) get close to the legends of our sport. I am working every single day. I am very far from that, but it is definitely a dream of mine that I want to achieve one day.”

Tsitsipas will face either Cristian Garin or John Millman in the third round.

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