Stefanos Tsitispas’ social media post after Stan Wawrinka defeat is all class

by Ajit Singh Khanna | Posted on Monday, June 3rd, 2019 | 0

Stefanos Tsitsipas played one of the finest matches of his career against Stanislas Wawrinka in the fourth round of the French Open on Sunday.

The Greek youngster proved he belongs right at the top even as he went down fighting 7-6 5-7 6-4 3-6 8-6 to the experienced Swiss in a thrilling battle that went on for more than five hours.

As if his performance wasn’t enough, Tsitsipas showed he’s pure class with his choice of words as he took to social media to reflect on the match.

“Today I felt something that I can’t really explain. Today was the first time in my entire life, in my twenty years of existence that I felt that “aura”, the real definition of the word, competition. Not any kind of competition though, it felt different than any other time, any other battle, any other moment on the tennis court. There is something about today that I won’t be able to explain. It’s a feeling that makes me appreciate the sport that I chose to pursue in my life as a career. The bitter taste of that loss is something unexplainable. @stanwawrinka85 makes our sport real and pragmatic. It’s something that’s rare to find in the world that we are at. It’s something unique. There is loads of charm and charisma to it. We both struggled, we both went beyond our limits, we both experienced luck and our destiny was drawn on that Parisian court after five hours of physical and mental suffering. I really don’t know if what I feel right now is positive or negative. There is no bipolar effect to it. Today I learned something that no school, no classroom, no teacher would be able to teach. It’s called, living life!” he wrote on Instagram.

What more? He took to his official Twitter handle to share a famous Samuel Beckett quote: “ever tried. ever failed. no matter. try again. fail again. fail better.”

For those unaware, the same quote is tattooed on Wawrinka’s arm. And Tsitsipas did credit him for that. “Inspired by @stanwawrinka,” he wrote.

Meanwhile, Wawrinka has a mountainous task ahead as he’s scheduled to cross the swords with countryman, good friend and 20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer, with the winner on course for a showdown with Rafael Nadal in the semi-finals.

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