“Really Had To Work Hard For This Win”: Stefanos Tsitsipas Reacts After Laslo Djere Clash at Monte Carlo Masters 2022

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MONTE-CARLO, MONACO - APRIL 14: Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece returns a ball in his match against Laslo Djere of Serbia during day five of the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters at Monte-Carlo Country Club on April 14, 2022 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Manuel Queimadelos/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)
MONTE-CARLO, MONACO – APRIL 14: Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece returns a ball in his match against Laslo Djere of Serbia during day five of the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters at Monte-Carlo Country Club on April 14, 2022, in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Manuel Queimadelos/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)

Defending Champion Stefanos Tsitsipas reached the quarterfinal for the second consecutive year at Monte Carlo Masters. The 23-year-old from Athens battled past Serbian Laslo Djere in straight sets(7-5, 7-6) in the round of 16. Notably, The Greek has not lost a single set in his this year’s Monaco campaign. 

However, World No.5 needed to run an extra mile on the red clay to overcome World No.62 before entering the last eight in Monte Carlo. Especially, Tsitsipas won the second set against Djere in the tiebreaker. 

“I knew I had to be alert. He is someone who competes very well on clay. He stays consistent and puts a lot of balls back and I really had to work hard for this win”, Stefanos Tsitsipas said in the post-match interview.

The French Open finalist continued, “It was important to get a good dynamic start in the tie-break and stay in rallies and take my chances when they appeared.”

For a semifinal spot, No.3 seed Tsitsipas will lock horns with No.12 seed Diego Schwartzman in the capital of Monaco.

“Both(Schwartzman and Musetti) can compete well on clay. They both have a good game for clay courts and all I have to do is be ready and show up with a good mentality and do my job with passion and dedication”, the 2019 ATP Finals title winner added.

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