'Negative Emotions Overtook Me': Tsitsipas On Having To Pull Off Comeback Win In Rome

'Negative Emotions Overtook Me': Tsitsipas On Having To Pull Off Comeback Win In Rome

by Zachary Wimer

Stefanos Tsitsipas dealt with a lot of emotions in his match against Jan Lennard Struff at the 2024 Italian Open, and he handled them well in the end, pulling out the win.

Facing Struff these days is not a cakewalk because the German is playing at a really high level right now. He gave Tsitsipas a good fight in their recent clash at the Italian Open, but the more worrying thing was the Greek's nerves.

Tsitsipas didn't enter the match that well because, only five minutes in, he destroyed his racquet. He composed himself later on and slowly but surely turned around the match, winning it in three sets.

It was a great comeback for Tsitsipas, not only because he played well but also because he was nervous on the courts. Speaking to the media after the match, Tsitsipas shared a bit about what he dealt with during the match, and it was a lot.

"I didn’t really know what I was doing out on the court until mid second set. I felt really lost out there. I don’t think I felt this way in a long time. It felt like I couldn’t sink in with the ball."

"Everything felt odd in terms of getting the depth I wanted. I managed to figure out a way to make it work for me. It was really difficult dealing with emotions like this."

While he rediscovered his best tennis at the Monte-Carlo Masters recently, Tsitsipas didn't really find the same level in the events after that. That's part of what might have contributed to the negative thoughts.

"I don’t think I’ve had a match in my life where so many negative emotions overtook me. I kind of felt in a weird, tricky situation. I didn’t expect that comeback & that win in the end."


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