‘One of the slowest courts out there’ – Stefanos Tsitsipas refutes claims RLA is playing fast

Stefanos Tsitsipas has disagreed with Novak Djokovic, saying he believes Rod Laver Arena is ‘one of the slowest courts out there.’

After Djokovic’s second round win over Frances Tiafoe, Tsitsipas said the court on Rod Laver Arena was the fastest he had ever known at he tournament and it was ‘like ice out there.’

Tsitsipas, though, says his experiences have been very different.

“I find Rod Laver may be one of the slowest courts out there, I think, yeah,” Tsitsipas said after his five-set marathon against Thanasi Kokkinakis. “Other courts feel quicker to me.

“I think the speed of the court, it’s in most Grand Slams like this, not all courts are the same speed.

“It is how it is. I don’t really have to pay too much attention and detail on this.”

Tsitsipas had to work very hard in round two against the Australian, and he has paid tribute to his opponent.

“He (Thanasi) was serving pretty well,” he said after his 6-7, 6-4, 6-1, 6-7, 6-4 win. “Gave me a hard time.

“Even though the court was slow, I had difficulties returning and bringing back his serve and lots of missed opportunities, breakpoints that I had.

“Yeah, he just managed it really well.”

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