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'I've maximized everything' - Stefanos Tsitsipas lauds Carlos Alcaraz after French Open defeat

Published at :June 5, 2024 at 4:08 PM
Modified at :June 5, 2024 at 4:08 PM
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Shashank Tripathi

Carlos Alcaraz has reached the semi-finals of the French Open for the second consecutive year.

Stefanos Tsitsipas lavished praise on two-time Grand Slam champion Carlos Alcaraz by stating that the Spaniard reminds him to become a better tennis player every time they face each other.

Carlos Alcaraz faced Stefanos Tsitsipas in the quarter-finals of the 2024 French Open on Court Philippe-Chartrier on Tuesday. It was their sixth meeting on the ATP Tour and interestingly, the five other meetings were all won by the Spaniard. The two also faced each other in the quarter-finals at last year’s French Open, where Alcaraz won the match in straight sets.

Thus, with a similar scoreline of 6-3, 7-6, 6-4, the Spaniard defeated Tsitsipas again in Paris on Tuesday. Alcaraz dominated the match with his powerful forehands and broke Tsitsipas’ serve four times. After the match, Tsitsipas stated that he was confident before the match that he would defeat Alcaraz; however, the Spaniard was incredible on the court.

The 25-year-old said, “I won’t lie, I was confident. I felt more confident than I usually am. Maybe, that hurt me, I guess. I don’t know. I was pretty sure I could face Carlos today and maybe do something different than any other time that I have played. The kid is just too good. I can only congratulate him because he’s playing amazing.”

Tsitsipas further added, “I’ve maximized anything that I was able to try and do out on the court. I’ve maximized everything. I just need to figure this out. It’s a difficult journey. It’s not a pleasant one, for sure. Of course, I wish him the best because when I play against him, I get reminded of how much there is to get better at as a tennis player.”

Next up, the Greek tennis player will be teaming up with his brother Petros Tsitsipas to face the French pair of Gregoire Jacq and Manual Guinard in the third round of the men’s singles event.

Meanwhile, Carlos Alcaraz will face the new ATP World No. 1 Jannik Sinner in the semi-finals at the 2024 French Open. Sinner will officially overtake Novak Djokovic in the ATP rankings on June 10, when the newly revised list will be released. Djokovic has withdrawn from the tournament due to a knee injury.

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Alcaraz and Sinner have both dropped only a single set at the tournament. Their head-to-head is tied at 4-4 and and their only meeting on clay took place in 2022 at the Croatia Open, which was won by Jannik Sinner.

The Italian tennis star is currently unbeaten in Grand Slams this season, while Carlos Alcaraz has a win-loss tally of 22-5. Whoever wins the match will play in their first French Open final.

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