Tsitsipas has been in glowing kind since rallying from two units down to win his opening-round match towards Jaume Munar. On Wednesday, Tsitsipas defeated the damaging Andrey Rublev in straight units — 7-5, 6-2, 6-Three — simply 10 days after Rublev had defeated him on clay within the closing of the Hamburg Open.
Tsitsipas, 22, is without doubt one of the leaders of tennis’s subsequent technology, marketed by the lads’s tour because the “NextGen” in an try to construct some new star energy to put together for the time when the game’s Big Three of Federer, 39, Djokovic, 33, and Nadal, 34, is not blocking everyone else’s solar.
Tsitsipas, a considerate Greek who makes you keep in mind that philosophy is a Greek phrase, was requested on Wednesday if this French Open may very well be a springboard for the youthful set.
“First of all, I would like to tell you that I’m not a NextGen player anymore,” Tsitsipas mentioned. “I’m a proper adult. Second of all, for sure it’s going to come at some point. I mean, let’s face it. Yeah, the Big Three have been there for a long time. I don’t feel like it’s going to be the same in five, six years’ time.”
It was already completely different on the United States Open in New York simply final month when Dominic Thiem, a 27-year-old from Austria, turned the primary males’s participant since 2016 to win a Grand Slam singles title who was not one of many Big Three. (Federer didn’t play within the occasion after having a second operation this 12 months on his proper knee in June.)
But that breakthrough additionally had a lot to do with what occurred to Djokovic when he confronted Carreño Busta on the U.S. Open. Trailing 5-6 within the opening set of the fourth spherical, Djokovic misplaced his serve, eliminated a ball from his pocket and whacked it in frustration towards the again of the courtroom, inadvertently hitting a line umpire within the throat.
He was disqualified and later apologized on social media, saying he would use the episode as a possibility to look inward.