Grigor Dimitrov Expresses Uncertainty Over Stefanos Tsitsipas Ahead of French Open 2020 Clash

Published 10/04/2020, 3:17 AM EDT
Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Italian Open – Foro Italico, Rome, Italy – September 14, 2020 Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov in action during his first round match against Italy’s Gianluca Mager Pool via REUTERS/Riccardo Antimiani

Grigor Dimitrov and Stefanos Tsitsipas advanced to the fourth round of the French Open 2020 in a similar fashion, after their opponents retired midway. That sets up Dimitrov and Tsitsipas for a battle of the one-handed back-handers on Monday.

This will be their first tour-level meeting, making things even more interesting. It will be a foray into the complete unknown, as Dimitrov expressed before the potentially ‘popcorn match’ takes place. The former top-10 player said he does not know much about Tsitsipas even off the court.

I don’t know much about him, to be honest, outside the court,” Dimitrov said after his third-round match on Sunday.

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Grigor Dimitrov is aware of Stefanos Tsitsipas’ quality

While he does not know much about Tsitsipas’ game or personality, Dimitrov is aware of the rising star’s quality of tennis. “I’ve clearly watched him play a lot of matches. Yeah, he’s been having very, very good results, playing good tennis on any surface,” Dimitrov said further.

Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – October 3, 2020 Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas celebrates during his third round match against Slovenia’s Aljaz Bedene REUTERS/Charles Platiau

A fit and healthy Dimitrov is looking forward to the one-handed backhand battle.

I’ve never played against him in an official match. Yeah, I’m looking forward to the match. I’m very pleased at where my game is right now. My body as well. So yeah, one-handers, of course. We go from there,” he continued.

Breakthrough at French Open for Dimitrov

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As he does not know much about his opponent, Dimitrov is happy to focus only on his own game. “I’m excited first of all to be in the second week of the tournament. It’s a great feeling. I want to hold on to it and kind of focus on my side of the net,” the Bulgarian added.

Grigor Dimitrov in action at Italian Open 2020. via REUTERS/Angelo Carconi

Seeded 18th, Dimitrov made the second week of Roland Garros for the first time in his career. He did so in some style, as he is yet to drop a set in this tournament.

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The Greek star, Tsitsipas, on the other hand, lost the first two sets of his tournament to Spain’s Jaume Munar. Since then, he has been in a rush and lost just 20 games over nine sets.

Both men coming into the match in top form sets things up for an exciting contest.

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Aayush Majumdar

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Aayush Majumdar is a NASCAR content strategist, a Tennis Writer, and a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. He is well-tenured as a tennis and NASCAR writer, with over 900 articles across both sports. After pursuing a Post Graduate program in Sports Management, Aayush explored various roles in Sports Media, including a Sports Reporting role at a leading English daily.

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