Tsitsipas: “The finals are always important”


The statements of Stefanos Tsitsipas for tomorrow’s final in Acapulco, where he will face Alexander Zverev.

“It’s a good start. Finals are always very important in terms of experience and inspiration, they add a lot. For me it means a lot that I work every day and manage to get to this point. It’s a dream that I’m realizing and living. It’s not every day that you have the opportunity to play in a final, so I really want to make the most of it and use it as best I can,” Stefanos Tsitsipas told tennis news, after his victory over Lorenzo Musetti in the semifinals of the Abierto Mexicano.

As for Alexander Zverev, he told us: “My opponent has been on the same path as me and has beaten very good players like me this week, so it will be a special match. Finals at this level are always very important in my development as an athlete and I have to say that staying calm and having the right willpower, as I have done this week, has only been positive.”

Earlier in the press conference, Stefanos talked more about this week and tomorrow’s final, as well as his positive record against Zverev (5-1), which he doesn’t want to affect him: “This tournament has offered me so much so far. The fans have loved me from day one and in general I feel very good playing in this environment. So far I am playing very well, there is a steady progression which has lifted my spirits. Zverev and I have faced each other several times in the past. I might have a positive record against him but that doesn’t matter, tomorrow will be a special day and nobody knows what’s going to happen.”

This week in Stefanos’ box, in addition to his father and coach, Apostolos Tsitsipas, there is also Colombian coach Jaime Cortes, who is in Acapulco with his player Juan Alejandro Hernandez (with whom Stefanos trained this week) and has always had a very good relationship with Tsitsipas’ team.

“He is a very good friend of ours. We met him a few years ago and he has supported us, me and my father. He was here with his player who played in the qualifying of the tournament, I think in the first round he played Musetti, my current opponent. Alejandro (Hernandez) is a talented player, we’ve been talking and having fun this week together. Cortez is a very good coach, he has worked with important players who have excelled at a high level. He’s a very knowledgeable guy and I’m honored to have him in my box. We have good communication and a great atmosphere between us.”

Finally, on his experience in Mexico so far and the fans in Mexico who have embraced him these days, he said: “I’ve said it before, I think Mexicans are like Greeks. They are passionate people, they enjoy and love sport at the highest level, which is a great thing. People support me here and I owe them a lot, every match I play is more exciting than the last.”

The Abierto Mexicano final between Tsitsipas and Zverev will take place at 05:00 Sunday morning GMT and will be broadcast on COSMOTE SPORT 7HD.