Tennis: Tsitsipas: ‘I have the objective to finish the year in the world top-3’

Stefanos Tsitsipas, aged 22 and world No. 5, reaches the Count of Godó Trophy as brand new No. 1 of the Race to Turin, the ranking of the current year that will determine the eight participants of the ATP Finals, after winning on Sunday in Monte Carlo your first category title Masters 1,000.

The Greek does not rule out that he can also get his first Grand slam, a preserve almost exclusively reserved in recent years to ‘Big Three’ formed by Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic Y Roger Federer. For that reason, Tsitsipas makes a preliminary reflection on his assault on the “big” tournaments.

“It may happen, but right now, in the position I’m in, I see that the first step to turn things around and achieve something important is to try to stay in the top-3 at the end of the year. That will probably show me that exciting new things are coming, in the future, something fresh, “said Tsitsipas at the press conference prior to his debut, on Wednesday against Jaume munar.

“I won the Masters two years ago and it has been the best of my career so far, but now I feel like I have to take another step and finish in the top-3 at the end of the year, it is definitely a goal and something that I have in my sights. Now I feel like I have a chance to earn more points during the gravel tour. Hopefully I can perform better because that will give me the opportunity to earn more points and confidence ”, added the Greek, beaming with his victory in Monte Carlo.

“I feel like it’s a great moment for me and I’m really enjoying the feeling that winning such an important tournament gives you. Titles like this make you stand out and provide you with very different emotions, they are those moments that you hope to experience in sport. It is the reason why I have loved tennis since I was little. You work to win these titles. Incredible tennis players like Nadal, Djokovic or Federer play and win Masters 1,000 and Grand Slam titles and I want to be like them. Being in this position is great, ”said Tsitsipas, whose international debut came when he reached his first ATP final at the Godó from 2018.

Incredible tennis players like Nadal, Djokovic or Federer play and win Masters 1,000 and Grand Slam titles and I want to be like them

“My first final in Barcelona was the beginning, my introduction to the ATP circuit at the age of 19. I had a great week. Playing against Rafa was not easy, it was the first time against him and I learned a lot from that game. It’s amazing that he has won 11 times in Barcelona, ​​it’s so inspiring. This year we have an incredible enrollment again ”, said Stefanos.