Stefanos Tsitsipas reacts to escaping shock loss to Fabio Fognini

World No. 3 Stefanos Tsitsipas thought he pulled off a “great comeback” against former world No. 9 Fabio Fognini at the Indian Wells Masters. 

Tsitsipas, seeded at No. 2, recovered from a set and a break down to beat world No. 30 Fognini 2-6 6-3 6-4 and progress into the Indian Wells Masters round-of-16. 

“Great comeback, honestly… I don’t know what happened,” Tsitsipas said, per the ATP website. “I really wanted to get back in the match and it happened somehow.

“From [a set and a break down] I just took it point by point and it worked out pretty well. A good mindset and also a bit of patience helped as well. I found solutions in those tough moments and really felt like I had momentum.”

Tsitsipas avoided a shock loss

Fognini claimed two early breaks as he led 5-1 after the opening six games of the match. 

Tsitsipas saved two set points in the seventh game but Fognini routinely served out for the opener in the following game. 

Tsitsipas lost his serve in the third game of the second set but he responded by claiming back-to-back breaks to overturn the deficit and force a decider. 

In the third set, Tsitsipas broke Fognini in the fifth game and held on to his serve the rest of the way to seal a comeback win. 

Tsitsipas plays next against Alex de Minaur.

“California is a great place for tennis with great weather and ideal conditions,” Tsitsipas said at the start of the tournament. “When it comes to organising things for players [it is great]. Indian Wells is known to be one of the best tennis tournaments in the world and every single player is excited to be playing here.

“It does feel like a big thing, you kind of feel the same honour at this tournament and Miami as a Slam. There is something about it.”

Tsitsipas is playing in Indian Wells for the third time in his career and reaching the round-of-16 at this year’s event is his best result at the tournament.

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