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

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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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