Stefanos’ not-so-serene progress
The Greek player will likely be relieved to have completed the match at the expense of just five games, considering his path to the second week has been anything but straightforward.
While the top half of the draw – stacked with tournament favourites like Carlos Alcaraz, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal – has been getting all the attention, last year’s runner-up Tsitsipas has been moving through in Paris relatively under the radar.
Or at least, he’s been trying to, but he keeps getting dragged into marathon battles by inspired opponents.
Tsitsipas had to fight back from a two-sets-to-love deficit against Lorenzo Musetti in the opening round, a fitting way to mark his return to Chatrier after a heartbreaker from two-sets-to-love up against Novak Djokovic in last year’s final.
But it didn’t get any easier against qualifier Zdenek Kolar in the next round, where he needed more than four hours to secure a 6-3, 7-6(8), 6-7(3), 7-6(7) victory against the world No.134.