FRENCH OPEN By Emiliano Naftali
Stefanos Tsitsipas, fifth seed, roars back from 5-3 down to win the first set against Jiri Vesely in their first-round match.Tsitsipas was made to work hard for more than three hours to book his spot in the French Open second round with a 7-5 6-3 4-6 7-6(7) win over Czech Jiri Vesely on Sunday.
«I said to myself there’s no chance this is going to a fifth set. That’s what I told myself,» Tsitsipas said. «Jiri was a difficult obstacle. He gave me a hard time and I am happy I overcame it in such a fashion.
«Today’s win is a very important for me,» said Tsitsipas, who has not enjoyed his best clay court season. «I felt at times I was not going to the ball, I was staying still. When I took charge that was the moment I made that switch and won the match.»
There were no signs of rustiness for Vesely and the Czech kept up the pressure to earn four set points in the tiebreak.The Greek tennis star will now face Spain’s Roberto Carballes Baena in the next round.