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Waterboarding yourself at home sounds more fun than playing Munar in those conditions after having failed to serve out a final in a different country only two days ago.
 

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Needing 5 sets and 3 hours and 15 minutes to beat Munar…someone with zero weapons and who isn’t even in the top 100??? Weak. That isn't going to work against better competition.
 

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Lil' ChiChi crawled his way to victory at the end, I'd be surprised if he gets past first week.
 

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Tsitsipas punched himself into this match, gritted his teeth in and eventually his talent took over.

It was beautiful to watch at times when it worked, and it did for the most since set 3.

Before, he had lost the ease of his game, felt the effects of the recent losses.
 

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Glad Tsitsi won but he was totally clueless against the dropshots. He won maybe 1 of 30. Never seen anything like that.
 

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A good win in the end against a genuine clay court specialist. Munar is a nightmare to play against, returning almost everything. The manner of victory might actually do Tsitsipas the world of good after his recent chokes.

Plus it would've been a shame to waste that outfit on a first round exit.
 

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Stefanos serves it out. What a relief. And coming back from 0-2 sets down for the first time in his career. I hope he will get rid of the demons with this win. My expectations here are low for Stefanos but a win is what mattered here. Let's see what happens next.

Come on!

And yeah, credit must be given to Jaume Munar too who played great clay court tennis today - very consistent and using drop shots extremely effectively. This was TOP40 or even TOP30 level easily.
 

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Probably my favorite match of the tournament so far.

Munar played great. Tsitsipas made too many UEs in the first two sets and it was refreshing to see that Munar just grabbed them without hestitation. In the third set, Stefanos managed to get his nerves under control and slowly found his game, suddenly hitting a very clean ball. Munar also continued to play well though, and he forced Tsitsipas to really raise his game if he wanted to win, and the Greek managed to do just that.
Inspiring stuff from Munar to be honest, he might have a punchable face & annoying grunt, but he showed real fight here and deserves credit.

Good on Tsitsipas, victories like these are important for the confidence. He did have to spend a lot of physical and mental energy to get this done though.
 

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After some tough loses the philosopher finally clinches a tough match.
 

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Stef and Rublev just barely making it over the line. That's why you never play the week before a tournament, gents. However, they should both be ready to go from now but we will see
 

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Tsitsipas‘ celebration was unique yet genuine, rare.

Epic reaction really
 
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