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Stat of the Day: Stefanos Tsitsipas becomes first player to 35 wins this year
No other man or woman will even get to 30 for at least a few more days.
Published Jun 03, 2021
WATCH: Stefanos Tsitsipas defeats Pedro Martinez to advance into the third round on the terre battue.
World No. 5 Stefanos Tsitsipas overpowered Pedro Martinez in the second round of Roland Garros on Wednesday, ripping 45 winners to 30 unforced errors to defeat the Spaniard, 6-3, 6-4, 6-3.
It was the Greek’s 35th tour-level win of the year, by far the most for anyone on either the men’s or women’s tour. Andrey Rublev is next with 29, and Ashleigh Barty could get her 29th on Thursday.
“It was a good match, and both of us, we fought hard,” Tsitsipas said afterwards.
“It was a very tough match despite it finishing in three sets.”
Tsitsipas came into Roland Garros as one of only two players to win multiple ATP titles on clay during the lead-up season, having captured his first Masters 1000 title in Monte Carlo in April and an ATP 250 crown in Lyon a few weeks ago. The other player is Nadal, a winner at Barcelona and Rome.
But the Greek couldn’t stop beaming about the clay courts at Roland Garros.
“I find the clay here one of the best clay courts in the world, maybe, and one of the best clay courts I have played at,” the 22-year-old said in his post-match press conference.
“It’s one of the most prestigious events of our sport. I’m really happy to be a part of it.”