It's been an interesting 2024 campaign for Tsitsipas so far, as he began it with a lot of injury concerns that carried over from last year. He seemingly looked fine during the Australian Open but couldn't overcome a very inspired Taylor Fritz, who ousted last year's runner-up comfortably. We haven't seen him on the courts since then, but he stepped up for his country in the Davis Cup.
Playing for his country is something extremely important for Tsitsipas, who always highlighted tennis promotion in Greece as one of his major goals. There is no better way to do that than playing for his country, and he won the match. It was certainly much better than last year when he struggled against Slovakia.
Marius Copil is a good player and a veteran but he was no match for Tsitsipas this time around. The match was somewhat typical as the Greek started slow but ramped up as the games went by. 6-3 was the score in the opening set which was largely painless for Tsitsipas even though he did face one break point.
The second set followed a similar pattern, but this time around, Copil looked a bit more serious. The Romanian had a really good chance early to take a break but failed to convert two consecutive break points. His game looked stable for a while, but eventually, Tsitsipas got a chance, and he converted it to take a 5-3 lead.
He would close it out shortly after that, with the final score being 6-3 6-4 for Tsitsipas. It was a pretty solid win and a good return to the courts. It wasn’t a special performance but it didn't need to be. Now, he’ll follow how his teammates fare in the next matches.