Mallorca | Tsitsipas collects first grass court trophy

Stefanos Tsitsipas won his first title on grass when he defeated Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut in the final of the Mallorcan Championships on Saturday, 6-4 3-6 7-6(5) after two hours and 35-minutes.

I’d like to congratulate Roberto on your run to the final,.You are one of the toughest competitors out there and one of the toughest guys I have played. There is lots of respect from my side for [producing] such premium tennis at such a high intensity and level Stefanos Tsitsipas

In what proved a bit of a roller coaster match, the second seeded Tsitsipas was broken when serving for the title at 5-3 in the decider but he held his nerve to force a tiebreak where he claimed his ninth tour-level crown but first on grass.

“It looks like I’m playing longer matches on grass than I do on clay,” joked Tsitsipas in his on-court interview. “This was an incredible fight and an incredible battle. I know it can be difficult for one person to deal with the loss, but I think for tennis it is great that we are able to play at this high level and show our sport [at its limits].”

Tsitsipas leads the table of most wins for the season having secured 40 victories on the Tour and will have boosted his confidence for Wimbledon where his record is poor with three first round losses in four appearances. He will also have improved his ranking by one spot, moving up to No.5.

Meanwhile Bautista Agut, who was bidding for his second title of the year and 10th of his career, did improve his record for the 2022 season to 23-8.

“I’d like to congratulate Roberto on your run to the final,” said Tsitsipas at the trophy presentation. “You are one of the toughest competitors out there and one of the toughest guys I have played. There is lots of respect from my side for [producing] such premium tennis at such a high intensity and level.

“You’ve done incredible things for our sport, especially against top players, and have proven yourself again and again, so congrats on an amazing week. I’m happy that we had such a good battle in the final.”

Both will now turn their attention to Wimbledon where fourth seeded Tstsipas faces a qualifier from Switzerland, Alexander Ritschard in his opening round while Bautista Agut, seeded 17, takes on Attila Balazs from Hungary. Both matches are expected to be played Tuesday.






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