Stefanos Tsitsipas: ‘I hope to give Novak Djokovic a challenge in Rome Masters quarters’

Stefanos Tsitsipas says he wants to give Novak Djokovic a challenge when they meet in the Rome Masters quarter-finals.

Tsitsipas has been in fine form this year, reaching the Australian Open semi-finals, the Acapulco and Barcelona finals, and winning the Monte-Carlo Masters.

He extended that excellent run of performances by beating the in-form Matteo Berrettini 7-6, 6-2 at the Rome Masters to set up a clash with the world number one, and he says it holds no fear.

“[Djokovic] has won here a lot of times,” Tsitsipas said. “For me, I’m just expecting to go out there and give my best performance.

“He can play on all surfaces, we’ve played each other at the French Open. I see [the next match] as an opportunity for me to do better this time, but I hope to keep playing the same tennis that I’ve been playing this time so far and be a challenge for him.”

Tsitsipas didn’t get it all his own way against Berrettini, with him eventually having to wrestle control of the match in a first-set tiebreak as serves dominated.

“Well, I had to deal with very serious business today,” the Greek ace explained.

“Matteo was playing [well], putting on a lot of pressure with his serve, being very precise and accurate,”

“I didn’t have a big winning percentage on his service games, but eventually, on the tiebreak, I think I found my footwork which kind of helped me transform my game and feel more confident playing the rallies.

“I was happy. I fought, like I always do, I never gave up. I saw opportunity and grabbed it. So, I’m pretty psyched that I was able to just find my way around it.

“For sure it’s always important to believe that I can do something better and that’s what happened there.”

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