Stefanos Tsitsipas Monte Carlo Masters2021

Stefanos Tsitsipas: ‘Playing Lorenzo Musetti is serious business. We share similar games’

Stefanos Tsitsipas has described facing Lorenzo Musetti in the Lyon semi-finals as “serious business” and said he expects “big things” from the 19-year-old.

The world No. 5 reached the last four of the ATP 250 event today with a 6-3, 6-4 victory against Yoshihito Nishioka.

The Greek will face world No. 88 Musetti for the second time – having beaten him 6-1, 6-3 in the Acapulco semi-finals in March – after the Italian defeated Aljaz Bedene in straight sets.

“We played in different conditions [in Acapulco], on a hard court. The conditions here are different,” said Tsitsipas in a post-match interview.

“We share similar games with a one-handed backhand, which is beautiful to see. Tomorrow is going to be serious business and I know he can play well on this surface and elevate his game.

“I have been following his performances, he has been improving a lot and has a good record on clay, beating some good opponents. I expect big things for him.”

(Photo credit Ray Giubilo)

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