“Best feeling in tennis!” – Stefanos Tsitsipas happy to dig deep in Rotterdam

Stefanos Tsitsipas says his hard-earned three-set win over Hubert Hurkacz in Rotterdam gave him more pride than overpowering an opponent instead.

Tsitsipas needed to dig deep to beat the Polish ace, eventually closing out a 6-4, 4-6, 7-5 success.

It puts the Greek, who is the highest remaining seed in the draw, into the semi-final against Karen Khachanov, and he seems in a confident mood ahead of it.

Asked if he was happy with the fighting spirit he showed, Tsitsipas said: “I take more pride in that than winning effortless matches.

“Effortless matches are great for energy consumption, but there is a different feeling when you fight so hard and you give your soul out on the court, when you manage to win a match under these conditions.

“It might also add a little bit of confidence to your game.”

Tsitsipas says he is slowly learning the importance of remaining focused on a tennis court, because when you manage it makes a huge difference to how he feels the match.

“You are in the moment,” Tsitsipas explained. “That’s probably the best feeling in tennis, when you’re 100 per cent there and every single point counts.

“You don’t get very often matches that you are so zoned in, and today [that] was the case.

“Nothing else matters, it’s just that ball that comes to you that is the centre of attention.

“I love moments like this when I can be fully present and feel like I want to thrive.”

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