Stefanos Tsitsipas is amongst the contenders on the men’s side playing on the opening day of the French Open on Sunday. The Greek will be expecting to beat his career best of round two with ease here this year and begins that attempt with a match against Maximilian Marterer.
Tsitsipas will be well prepared following a great month on clay. He won Estoril, made the final in Madrid and the semi finals in Rome with his win over Nadal in Madrid the pick of his performances during that period. “I am satisfied [with my results]. I had a lot of matches on clay. I think that’s important coming into a tournament like the French Open. Yeah, I think I learned a lot these three weeks.” he said in Rome last week. “It’s good to come into a Grand Slam knowing what you done well, what you done wrong, trying to concentrate on those things in order to avoid same mistakes in the big events.”
Marterer broke into the top 50 in mid 2018, backed by his French Open fourth round run. He put in a good effort against Rafael Nadal at that stage but went down the same way many do against the Spaniard, in straight sets. The German is going to fall out of direct entry places after this week unless he can pull off a major shock. He made a semi final in his return to the Challenger Tour last year before retiring in his last outing at the Rome Challenger.
There will be tougher tests ahead for Tsitsipas, who will feel he should be the semi finalist from his quarter of the draw. The biggest contenders there are former champions in Stanislas Wawrinka and Roger Federer, who he could play in the fourth round and quarter finals respectively.
Prediction – Stefanos Tsitsipas in three sets