Jan 20, 2023 at 8:47 am
Tallon Greek track is disappointed that he was unable to shake Stéfanos Tsitsipás in the third round of the Australian Open on Friday. The Dutchman nevertheless looks back on his season start with a positive feeling.
Greek track played Pavel Kotov in the first round and Botic van de Zandschulp in the second round on an outside court, but his match against Tsitsipás was scheduled in the Rod Laver Arena.
“The track was five times slower than the outdoor courts. I played on very fast courts for twelve days and now suddenly I was on a slow court, where he – because it is so high – is training every day,” said the Greek track after his defeat in three sets at the ANP.
“It took me a long time to get used to it, also because the space around the court is a lot bigger. I felt that my serve and forehand had less effect than on the other courts and that I got less ‘free’ points. Then it’s just fighting, staying positive and hoping for something of a chance.”
That chance came: after losing the first set, the Greek track got a set point in the second company, which he did not capitalize on. “Maybe I could have shaken him a bit with taking a set. Although it would have been a difficult story at 1-1 in sets. He was very strong in his own service games.”
Tallon Greek track will approach the top fifty by making it to the third round in Melbourne. Photo: ANP / EPA
Greek track: ‘The difference was a bit too big’
In the end, Greek track had to conclude that Tsitsipás was just a size too big. “It wasn’t all that bad, but the difference was a bit too big. Now I’m especially disappointed that I wasn’t able to get something more out of the game, but I had a good tournament.”
Greek track will now prepare for the Davis Cup match against Slovakia in early February. “The start of the season only motivates me to work even harder to have more great weeks. I’m hungry for more.”
First it’s time to charge the battery. And to take a moment to think about winning the ATP tournament in Indian Pune two weeks ago.
“This is definitely a time to take my rest and to enjoy my first title with family and friends. I was still on the list for a tournament in Belgium, but there is a line through it. You won’t see me there .”
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Greek track cannot stunt and bows to Tsitsipás in the third round of the Australian Open
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