Stefanos Tsitsipas said he was ‘very pumped’ after beating Yoshihito Nishioka to set up a clash with Lorenzo Musetti in Lyon.
The second seed has been in imperious form of late, winning his first Masters title in Monte-Carlo and reaching the finals of Acapulco and Barcelona.
He continued that by overpowering Nishioka 6-3, 6-4, and he will now face exciting teenage ace Musetti in the semi-finals.
“I was very pumped today,” Tsitsipas said. “I knew he was gonna fight, I knew he wasn’t gonna give up.
“His persistence, that’s the thing that makes him stand out and be where he is.”
“So, I’m pretty glad that I’m standing here right now and I’m able to walk away from this court with a win.”
“It was a good match from my side. He was doing really well, putting [on] a lot of pressure, it wasn’t easy.
“His game’s a bit unpredictable, I think one of the best left-handers out there in the game. It’s never easy to be able to construct the point and play as you wish.
“He’s able to penetrate and just create shots that you don’t expect.”
Musetti, meanwhile, booked his semi-final spot by beating Aljaz Bedene 6-3, 7-6 on Friday.
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