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World No.5 Stefanos Tsitsipas made a serious entry into the competition at Roland Garros by overpowering Frenchman Jérémy Chardy (60th) in three sets 7-6 (8/6), 6-3, 6-1 in camera of the Parisian night on Sunday.
For almost two sets, Chardy (60th) put up a good resistance to the young Greek, winner of his first Masters 1000 in Monte-Carlo in mid-April and leading the Race, the classification established over the calendar year.
In the first, the thirty-year-old Pau made a late break, then even got a set point, 5-4 on the service of Tsitsipas, before leading 4 points to 1 in the decisive game.
Then the Greek definitely took the upper hand, not without hitting some spectacular shots that surely would have received public applause under other circumstances.
But if there was no officially a night session on Sunday evening, the match was played behind closed doors in its entirety: due to the sanitary curfew in place at 9 p.m., the spectators of the day were forced to leave the stadium just before the start of the game.
“I had a little trouble finding my rhythm at the beginning, said Tsitsipas. We put on a really good show in the tie-break I think, we both played great tennis there. Obviously that tie- break played a crucial role. “
“I was able to increase my level of concentration after the first set, I put my foot on the accelerator and I kept going,” he added.