Marseille - Rising
Greek star Stefanos Tsitsipas claimed his second ATP Tour title on
Sunday by beating Mikhail Kukushkin in the final of the Marseille event.
The 20-year-old continued his excellent start to the year, which
included a run to the Australian Open semi-finals on the back of a
fourth round defeat of Roger Federer, by battling to a 7-5, 7-6 (7/5)
"Winning titles is the thing that I am working for... It is the
biggest satisfaction and the biggest joy in tennis," said Tsitsipas, who
won his first ATP title in Stockholm last year.
"There was a lot of stress this week because I knew I had to face some good opponents.
"When you care a lot, you tend to be more stressed than usual. I am
happy that I got through that stress and played the game that I was
supposed to play."
Tsitsipas went into the week having lost his last two matches to Gael
Monfils and Damir Dzumhur, but cruised to the title without dropping a
"I lost the spark (after the Australian Open) and I was frustrated
because it felt like I couldn't find it again," said Tsitsipas.
"This week, I can say I am really happy because I felt this hunger
back again... I really hope it stays the same because there are many
good players out there that play for the same prize."
On Sunday, Tsitsipas edged a tight opening set with the first break
of the match in game 12, before falling a break behind midway through
the second set.
But Kazakh Kukushkin failed to serve for the set when leading 5-4,
and Tsitsipas pounced to seal victory on his first match point in the
Result from the ATP tournament in Marseille on Sunday (x denotes seeding):
Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE x1) bt Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ) 7-5, 7-6 (7/5)