Stefanos Tsitsipas seems to have a newfound momentum at the French Open 2020. After losing his first two sets of the tournament, Tsitsipas has won nine sets in a row and is into the fourth round. On Saturday, the fifth seed defeated Aljaz Bedene 6-1, 6-2, 3-1, after his opponent retired in the third set.
Apart from his game, the ‘Tsitsipas mask’ has become quite famous this week at Roland Garros. His father and coach Apostolos Tsitsipas has been wearing a face mask during his matches, with an animation of Stefanos on the front.
On Saturday, another victor and WTA player Ons Jabeur of Tunisia wore it in her post-match conference. As soon as she entered the room, the 30th seed was asked what was on her mask.
“It’s Tsitsipas. I asked for it. He was like, ‘No way, you’re going to wear it?’ I was like, of course, I’m going to wear it! I’m Team Tsitsipas,” Jabeur said in response with a chuckle. Jabeur stunned eighth seed Aryna Sabalenka 7-6(7), 2-6, 6-3 in her third-round match.
Meanwhile, Tsitsipas looked in very good touch since the start of his match. He rushed to a 5-0 lead in no time, before wrapping up the first set 6-1. The Greek star smashed 10 winners and won 12 of 14 points behind his first serve in that set.
Tsitsipas broke early in the second set as well and there was not much his opponent could do. He broke in the third and again in the seventh game of the set to go two sets up in less than an hour.
Tsitsipas yet again rushed to a 3-1 lead in the third set, before Bedene just could not carry on due to an injury. Despite his opponent not being at his 100 percent, Tsitsipas played an almost flawless match. He is gaining confidence at the right time.
After losing to Andrey Rublev in the Hamburg Open final last weekend, Tsitsipas dropped the first two sets at the French Open against Spain’s Jaume Munar. Since then, he has dropped just 20 games across nine sets he has played.
He easily won the second-round contest against a tough clay-courter in Pablo Cuevas. The 22-year-old next faces Grigor Dimitrov in what should be an exciting match. Coincidentally, Dimitrov received a walkover after the first two sets as well in his third-round match against Roberto Carballes Baena.