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‘Don’t Know if I Have Shown It’ – Stefanos Tsitsipas Opens up on His Unusual Relationship With Alexander Zverev Ahead of Their Italian Open Clash

Published 05/14/2022, 12:58 AM EDT

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Greek tennis star Stefanos Tsitsipas has been playing some incredible tennis at the on-going Italian Open. Recently, he beat the homeboy Jannik Sinner in straight sets to reach the semi-finals.

Now, he will face the no.2 seed Alexander Zverev in his second consecutive semi-final this season. At the Madrid Open, the result went in favor of the German. After beating Sinner, the Greek tennis star talked about his rivalry and his admiration towards Zverev. 


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Stefanos Tsitsipas opens up about his rivalry with Alexander Zverev

Tsitsipas considers Zverev to be one of the difficult opponents for him on-tour.

“He is a player who makes things difficult for me whenever we play against him, he has experience and it motivates me a lot to play against him. I always want to show my best version against him and I need it to win. I know that if he has a good day he will make few mistakes and I will have to make very good decisions.”


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The Greek star continued, “Sascha started in the elite years before me, I have a lot of respect for what he has achieved, although I don’t know if I have shown it.” (Quotes translated using Google Translate)

Note that Tsitsipas and Zverev have faced each 11 times with the Greek leading the head-to-head record (7-4) against the German. Also, they played four matches on the red soil, where Tsitsipas won thrice. Last year at the French Open, they met in the semis and Tsitsipas won in a five-set thriller. Zverev’s only win came at the Madrid Open. 


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Tsitsipas and Zverev had an easy outing in the quarter-final at the Italian Open 

Before they face off against each other, both the players played perfect matches in their respective quarter-finals at the Rome Masters. The Greek player beat Jannik Sinner in 2 hours and 27 minutes whereas Zverev had an easy outing as he passed Cristian Garin’s test. Within 2 hours, the German finished the match, 7-5,6-2. 


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Debkinkar Maity

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Debkinkar Maity is a Tennis Author at EssentiallySports. His desire to become a sports journalist inspired him to take up a degree in journalism and mass communication, and he hasn't looked back ever since. Following the sport for over a decade now, Debkinkar has an ardent love for Roger Federer.