‘I won’t lie, it’s a good opportunity without Djokovic, Nadal and Federer’

Stefanos Tsitsipas maintains low expectations for the Miami Open, ATP Masters 1000 tournament, although he said that the absence of Roger Federer, Rafa Nadal and Novak Djokovic It gives players like him a better chance of success.

The 22-year-old Greek, who is ranked fifth in the world rankings, reached the semifinals of the Australian Open last month after coming back two sets against Rafa Nadal and then losing to the Russian Daniil Medvedev. He recently played the final of the ATP 500 in Acapulco, which he lost to the German Alexander Zverev.

“It is an opportunity, I will not lie,” he told reporters when asked about the absence of the so-called ‘Big 3’.

“But there are a lot of good tennis players who are not in the top five and who can also play good tennis. I also see them as a threat ”.

The Australian Open champion and world number one, Djokovic, retired from the tournament to spend more time with his family in times of pandemic, although he is already preparing the clay like Rafa Nadal. Federer trains to gain pace after his comeback in Doha.

The US Open champion, Dominic Thiem, will also miss the event and return to the tour during the European clay court season. World number two Daniil Medvedev is set to lead the pack.

Despite being second-seeded, Tsitsipas said he did not consider himself one of the favorites.

“I have a pretty difficult road despite all this,” said Tsitsipas, who will face the Brazilian. Thiago Monteiro or to the South African Kevin Anderson in his first game.

But generally speaking, it is an opportunity. I can see it that way. Let’s hope for the best ”.