Stefanos Tsitsipas overcame some though minutes but passed the first obstacle at Sofia Open 2019. The Greek, second seed, defeated Jan-Lennard Shtruff 7:6 (5), 6:4 in an hour and a half.
The 20-year old served solid and never missed a serve-game. He hit 10 aces and made 4 double faults. Shtruff made 7 aces.
Strong Greek support in “Arena Armeec” made Tsitsipas feel like home in Sofia. 5000 people watched the match in the Arena.
“In Australia, I felt like I am playing in Athens, but today it felt like home because of the support of so many of my compatriots. It was great that I practiced yesterday at the Centre Court, so I knew what to expect. This helped me a lot for the adaptation”, Tsitsipas said.