3:6, 7:6, 6:0 against Marton Fucsovics! The transition from the high altitude of Madrid to the sea level of Rome was not easy, but it worked out. After my first victory here I can only be happy. Marton was a tough opponent for the first two sets, he played really well and made life difficult for me. I still lacked the timing for certain strokes and both my forehand and backhand could have a little more power. However, this is complaining on a high level, it’s getting better. I had a good fight and the bagel in the third set tells me that I hadn’t worked for nothing.

What was the reward after my first victory in Rome since 2017? I went for a walk through the “Eternal City”. In Italy as well, all tennis teams need to stay in a bubble, at least the preconditions are not as strict. The players are allowed to leave the hotel for one hour a day, however, going to a restaurant or other places is strictly prohibited. My brother Moritz had a fun idea as alternative – we went around the Colosseum by scooter. At least we had some moments to enjoy the Italian way of life.

And on Thursday I look forward to a great atmosphere. Fans are allowed to the stadium and I expect a loud crowd against local hero Lorenzo Sonego on Centercourt. The fans are slowly coming back which makes me feel a lot better.

Just as last Sunday in Barcelona. After losing in the semifinal in Madrid, I decided to make a spontaneous halt at the Formula 1 race in Barcelona. It was my first time to be so close at the best racing series, I was truly impressed.