Stefanos Tsitsipas Indian Wells 2021

‘That was incredible’ – Stefanos Tsitsipas reflects on another tough victory at Indian Wells

Stefanos Tsitsipas won a deciding set for the second match in succession at Indian Wells as he progresses to the quarter-final stage. 

The Greek star lost the first set to talented Australian Alex de Minaur before prevailing 6-7(3), 7-6(3), 6-2 in two hours and 46 minutes.

Tsitsipas, who admitted he didn’t know how he came through his third round clash against Fabio Fognini, was embroiled in yet another hotly contested encounter.

Following his victory, the world number three admitted he was his own worst enemy after making 40 unforced errors.

“I feel like today’s game I was mostly pushing against myself rather than my opponent and it was one of those matches where I really had to get to the limit and show what I’m capable of when I’m in the red zone,” he said.

“That was incredible the way I just stayed in the match. I had to go through so many difficulties in order to find a solution and I executed towards the end of the match.”

Tsitsipas, who now meets Nikoloz Basilashvili, could then face familiar foe Alexander Zverev in the semi-finals, though is refusing to get ahead of himself.

“I know there are a lot of seeds, which play great tennis. My biggest priority is to play my best against any player regardless of the ranking or status,” said the Greek.

“This week has been a difficult journey with lots of battles, two three-setters so far, so this is something I’m going to take as a learning experience and use it for something better in the tournament.”

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