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May 16, 2019

Stefanos Tsitsipas

Rome, Italy


6-4, 6-3

(Transcribed from ATP recorded audio.)

Q. Take us through the match.
STEFANOS TSITSIPAS: It was very weird. I never played until now on the ATP Tour two singles matches in one day.

Q. Ever, ever?
STEFANOS TSITSIPAS: Ever, ever. That pretty much shows how new I am to this tour, how fresh.

But I'm glad I passed this test. It was a difficult test. Fabio, champion of Monte-Carlo, he really knows how to play on this surface. He's not just anybody.

I knew it was going to be a tough battle against him. I knew he knows how to play these shots. He's pretty much consistent from the baseline. He likes to come to net sometimes. It was kind of tricky.

I stayed concentrated. I was very pumped to do well. I think that helped. Yeah, really glad with my performance. Stayed aggressive. I played well today. I think that helped a lot.

Q. Tomorrow against Roger Federer, you beat him already this year. What are you expecting there?
STEFANOS TSITSIPAS: Roger, I mean, obviously he hasn't played on clay for a long time. That's one of the first couple of tournaments he played since a long time. I think obviously he's much more experienced than me. He played much more matches than me here in Rome in general. I have nothing to lose. I want to play a good match, see what I can do against him on clay. Never practiced against him or played him on clay.

Q. After Madrid, maybe you are the favorite.
STEFANOS TSITSIPAS: He's considered the legend of our sport. He's very much respected. I'm pretty sure it's going to be twice more difficult than today. He likes to serve-and-volley. He has a lot of variety in his game. I really don't know what to expect from him.

I expect he's going to obviously try to take the ball early. I think with my fighting spirit and mentality, if I'm in the zone tomorrow, comfortable, I think I can do something.

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