Stefanos Tsitsipas plays down Kyle Edmund pressure ahead of Queen's clash


Top seed Tsitsipas takes on British No 1 Edmund in the popcorn match on Centre Court this afternoon.

Ahead of the tie, Edmund claimed he was in an “ideal situation” as the pressure was off him because of the difficult draw.

But 20-year-old Tsitsipas reckons they are both on an even keel as has not had time to adjust from clay to grass.

“I haven’t really showed yet anything on grass, in my opinion,” Tsitsipas said.

“I mean, I have never played Kyle, but I had pretty good results on clay before grass.

“Decent results – I mean, semis Australian Open on hard, finals in Dubai, and a win in Marseilles. On those two surfaces, I have been doing pretty well this year.

“It can always be tricky when there’s so many different surfaces that you have to adjust and adapt to throughout the year. So I only had one match last week.

“I haven’t really felt everything that I have to feel here on grass, so I’d say it’s going to take quite a while to adjust to those new conditions which I haven’t played for a year now.

“I think we’re pretty equal. I mean, he hasn’t played a match, as well.

“I think it’s going to all be a matter of right decisions and concentration levels, because everything is happening very fast on grass.”

Edmund insisted he was the underdog heading into his home ATP 500 event.

“It’s obviously tough in terms of he’s played a lot, played very well, won a lot this year,” Edmund said.

“But at the same time, it’s almost like a very ideal situation where, you know, there is no pressure on me to do well. Almost everything is on him.

“And also playing here, you know, you will get the support from the crowd. So in a way, there is quite a few positives to see.

“There’s almost nothing really for me to defend, I don’t mean, as in points, but protect, like I’m not expected to win or anything like that, and I get the support.

“There is positives, but of course at the same time, it’s a tough match, but they are all tough matches here, just the nature of the tournament, it’s so strong. You don’t really get a first round that’s like, ‘Oh, nice warmup draw’, or something like that. They are all quite tough.”


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