May 31, 2023 at 11:38 PM Update: a minute ago
Tallon Greek track is, in his own words, “deadly ill” from the defeat against the Pool Hubert Hurkacz in the second round of Roland Garros. The number two in the Netherlands was one game away from victory against the number thirteen on the placement list. He eventually lost in five sets in a match lasting 4 hours and 44 minutes.
“This is very painful,” said the Greek track to the ANP news agency after the match. “I actually had little to say for a set and a half, but I then turned it around very well. I had the opportunity to serve the game, but I didn’t. Then it became a battle of wear and every point became a battle.”
Greek track led 5-3 in the fourth set and served for the win at 5-4. Under pressure, he made a number of crucial mistakes. “I wanted just a little too much and just too much,” said the global number 39. In the end, Hurkacz won 6-3, 5-7, 6-7 (13), 7-6 (5) and 6-4.
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“I could have kept the ball in play, but I also got this far by getting the points myself. Then I’d rather lose him than lose because I let him make the game. Also credits to him for how he turned it around.”
In the fifth set, the Greek track always had a lead up to 4-3, but at 4-4 he surrendered his service game. “Mentally I kept well and physically I also felt pretty good in the fifth set, despite the fact that it was an attack on the body. Now a few days of rest, also to process this. But that will take a while .”
Nevertheless, the Greek track also tried to look somewhat positively at only his second participation in the Roland Garros main tournament. “Tomorrow or the day after tomorrow I will be a bit more proud, especially when I look at how the preparation went and how I was physically in shape with my ankle just before Roland Garros.”