Stefanos Tsitsipas explains how he dug himself out of the ‘red zone’ to see off Alex de Minaur in Indian Wells

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Stefanos Tsitsipas in action on the ATP Tour

He was his own worst enemy at times as he produced an erratic display, but Stefanos Tsitsipas also managed to find solutions to get past Alex de Minaur in the quarter-final of the BNP Paribas Open.

The Greek made 40 unforced errors en route to a 6-7 (3-7), 7-6 (7-3), 6-2 win over De Minaur in two hours and 46 minutes.

After one break each in the opening set, De Minaur edged the tie-breaker while four breaks were shared in the second set before Tsitsipas drew level.

The second seed then dominated the decider with two breaks and his reward is a quarter-final clash against Nikoloz Basilashvili.

“I feel like today’s game I was mostly pushing against myself rather than my opponent and it was one of those matches where I really had to get to the limit and show what I’m capable of when I’m in the red zone,” he said. “That was incredible the way I just stayed in the match. I had to go through so many difficulties in order to find a solution and I executed towards the end of the match.”

If he comes through the last-four clash against Basilashvili, then he could face Alexander Zverev, who defeated Gael Monfils to book an encounter against Taylor Fritz.

But Tsitsipas is not looking too far ahead.

“I know there are a lot of seeds, which play great tennis. My biggest priority is to play my best against any player regardless of the ranking or status,” he said.

“This week has been a difficult journey with lots of battles, two three-setters so far, so this is something I’m going to take as a learning experience and use it for something better in the tournament.”

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