'I need to start matches a bit stronger, find my rhythm...' - Stefanos Tsitsipas opens up on hard-fought win over Jan-Lennard Struff in Rome

Tennis star Stefanos Tsitsipas defeated Jan-Lennard Struff by 6-7, 6-4, 6-4 to claim a hard-fought win at the Italian Open 2024, taking place in Rome.

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Tennis star Stefanos Tsitsipas defeated Jan-Lennard Struff by 6-7, 6-4, 6-4 to claim a hard-fought win at the Italian Open 2024, taking place in Rome. Notably, the star player battled him for around two hours and 31 minutes to set up the third round with Cameron Norrie.

However, there was a big incident in the game as Struff went on to break Tsitsipas in the opening game after the latter hit his backhand return long, which propelled him to smash his racquet into a placard, which created a massive controversy. However, Tsitsipas did not directly say about the same but reiterated that he was dealing with huge emotions in such a critical game.

Tsitsipas revealed that he was fighting like the insane in the game, as there were a lot of emotions and attention in the game. However, he just aimed to win the game, and later, the outcome was beyond spectacular. The great player reveals how hard it was for him to comprehend the emotions in order to win such an exhausting game. In addition, Tsitsipas also talked about how he would improve and do better in the next game.

I felt really lost out there and I don't think I've felt this way in a long time: Stefanos Tsitsipas

“I can't really process what happened. There was a lot of attention, a lot of emotions, a lot of fighting; it was insane. I really don't know what worked and what didn't, I just tried to win the match and the outcome was beyond spectacular. I managed to come back and get over those really difficult moments.  really don't know what I was doing out on the court until the middle of the second set," Stefanos Tsitsipas said.

"I felt really lost out there and I don't think I've felt this way in a long time. It was really difficult dealing with emotions like this and I don't think I've had a match in my life that had so many negative emotions that overtook me; it was a very tricky and weird situation.  I know I'm good on this surface, so I hope that I can improve and come into the next match feeling stronger," he added further.

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