Fabio Fognini complained that the heckling was supposed to have been tactical advice from Father Apostolos to Stefanos Tsitsipas.
“He told you something,” said Fognini, annoyed, to Tsitsipas. When the Greek wanted to defend himself, the Italian only said: “You know what I mean.” However, the 34-year-old was not more specific.
The second verbal defense attempt of the world number three could not be understood in the TV picture, but Tsitsipas seemed slightly upset about the accusations of his opponent.
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However, Fognini’s words couldn’t really tarnish the joy of the three-sentence success. After the handshake with the chair umpire, Tsitsipas was celebrated again by the fans in Indian Wells.
Tsitsipas amazed at his comeback
After the game, Tsitsipas did not want to enter into the battle of words with the Italian, instead he could not fully explain the victory after falling behind in the set. “Great comeback. To be honest, I don’t even know what happened,” said the 23-year-old: “I really wanted to find my way back into this game and somehow it worked.”
“When I was behind a set and a break I just played point by point and it worked very well. A good mindset and a little patience also helped. I found solutions in difficult moments and felt like the momentum on my side, “explained Tsitsipas.
In the round of 16, the French Open finalist has to deal with the Australian Alex de Minaur, who defeated the Chilean Cristian Garín 6: 4, 6: 2.
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