On Thursday, May 26, Stefanos Tsitsipas defeated Zdenek Kolar 6-3 7-6(8) 6-7(3) 7-6(7) at Court Suzanne Lenglen.
Stefanos Tsitsipas. Courtesy: Reuters
- On Thursday, Tsitsipas defeated Kolar 6-3 7-6(8) 6-7(3) 7-6(7)
- Three out of the four sets went in a tie-breaker
- Tsitsipas will next face Sweden’s Mikael Ymer
World No.4 Stefanos Tsitsipas said that Czech qualifier Zdenek Kolar made him work extremely hard during his second round match of the French Open 2022. On Thursday, May 26, the 23-year-old Tsitsipas defeated his opponent 6-3 7-6(8) 6-7(3) 7-6(7) at Court Suzanne Lenglen.
Tsitsipas won the opening set in a pretty comprehensive manner, but had to work out of his skin to win the match. After losing the first two sets, Kolar made a strong comeback and won the third set. Even in the fourth set, the qualifier gave Tsitsipas a run for his money.
Kolar had a decent chance to beat Tsitsipas in the second set as well, taking a 4-1 lead. However, Tsitsipas brought forth all his experience and got past the youngster.
IT WAS FRUSTRATING
After the match, Tsitsipas heaped praise on Kolar for putting in a spirited effort. “He drove me crazy. It was really frustrating. He was putting every part of his body behind the ball. I’d like to congratulate him for this effort,” Tsitsipas was quoted as saying after the match.
In the first round, Tsitsipas found himself in dire straits after losing the first two sets to Italy’s Lorenzo Musetti. But he responded with wins in the next three sets to come up trumps.
After beating Kolar in the second round at Roland Garros, Tsitsipas is next set to lock horns with the 95th-ranked Mikael Ymer of Sweden in the third round on Saturday, May 28.
The 23-year-old Ymer will go into the match after beating 29th seed Dan Evans 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 on Thursday.