Stefanos Tsitsipas ahead of Australian Open final against Novak Djokovic: ‘Enjoy my tennis’

Status: 28.01.2023 16:28

Stefanos Tsitsipas will problem Novak Djokovic for a tenth Australian Open title. For this, the Greek strengthened his psychological power. “I do not see something unfavorable anymore,” says the 24-year-old.

Yannick Schneider, Melbourne

Stephanos Tsitsipas got here, however didn’t. Several coaching kibitzers gathered round court docket #7 on Saturday afternoon (28.01.22) and waited impatiently. Workouts on the Australian Open do not stay a secret for lengthy, particularly not after they have an effect on Grand Slam finalists.

However, the 24-year-old Greek modified his thoughts a day earlier than his second main profession final against Novak Djokovic and skilled on the nationwide coaching heart in a corridor just a few meters from the ability on the different finish of the centre. the road is closed to the general public.

The claimant acted like his opponent Djokovic. The Serb has been ignored of the massive, non-sporting nature of the previous few days.

Tsitsipas, then again, does not have any non-sporting points to work on in the mean time and appears uncommon on the first excessive level of the yr. “I do not see any unfavorable issues anymore and I’m very optimistic. I’m having fun with tennis. It’s been one thing that is been lacking all this time,” he stated on the media heart’s cinema-like press convention on Friday.

Only within the spherical of 16, Tsitsipas needed to combat the total distance against extremely gifted South Tyrolean Yannick Sinner, surviving his solely weak point in a third-set tiebreak against Karen Khachanov within the semifinals.

Tsitsipas on Djokovic: ‘I do not understand how he did it’

At the 2021 French Open, he fell brief regardless of main 2-0 against Djokovic, who was a bodily stronger participant regardless of the eleven-year age distinction. Then Tsitsipas was amazed and stated, “I do not understand how he did it.”

Djokovic’s longevity in skilled tennis is outstanding. Exactly 15 years in the past, the Serb performed his first semi-final in Melbourne. On Sunday, he can win his tenth Melbourne title and his twenty second Grand Slam title. He would tie Rafael Nadal within the everlasting race for the document. The winner of the final may even develop into the world primary from Monday, changing Carlos Alcaraz, who was absent resulting from harm.

Criticism of Titsipas at Wimbledon

Tsitsipas was criticized after the third spherical at Wimbledon final yr. Nick Kyrgios taunted him just a few occasions over the Greek’s head, after which he twice despatched the ball into the gang. The ball missed an aged couple within the stands by just a few centimeters. Tsitsipas escaped disqualification. But 4 years after his breakthrough and title win on the 2019 ATP Finals, accusations of lack of consistency and lack of psychological fortitude have intensified.

After an injury-free pre-season, 4 spectacular United Cup wins and up to date success in Melbourne, the narrative has modified. “It all begins with believing and believing extra in your talents,” defined the Greek.

Tsitsipah’s spectacular stats

This is represented by event statistics for break factors saved, with Tsitsipas main gamers with not less than two singles video games at this yr’s Australian Open with 83 p.c (44 of 53 break factors). For instance, within the quarter-final match against Jiri Lehečka, he fought again all eight break alternatives of the Czech with steely nerves.

“Now I’m in a greater relationship with myself on the court docket. It’s allowed me to have that perspective in these moments. I’m quite a bit much less pissed off now. I wasn’t as productive. That’s what I realized final yr.”

A barely totally different tennis specialist

Tsitsipas has all the time been thought of a barely totally different tennis skilled. Nevertheless, extremely gifted and well-trained, all the time intellectually and artistically , and geared up together with his personal YouTube channel.

Home followers in Greece, rankings are skyrocketing nowadays and the big Greek neighborhood round Melbourne is getting a little bit impatient these days. But after three semi-finals in Melbourne, Tsitsipas has proven outstanding athletic and psychological growth.

Djokovic is difficult to beat in Melbourne

The newest crown would nonetheless be a shock: Djokovic has but to lose a final on the extraordinarily quick court docket at Rod Laver Arena in 9 appearances. This might be the second most troublesome process in skilled tennis. Only the final battle on clay against Rafael Nadal in Paris is more durable.

Tsitsipas remained an outsider, however stated: “I’ve this confidence. I used to be first among the many juniors. Now I wish to be that among the many males.”


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