Tsitsipas’ Ambition: The Next Gen is taking over! In 2022, Daniil Medvedev and Carlos Alcaraz broke the Big Four monopoly by becoming World No.1. And now, the opportunity for another rising star to join the ranks is here. Stefanos Tsitsipas is ready to seize his chance and make his long-held dream of becoming World No.1 a reality.
I remember watching the Grand Slams on TV and telling myself, ‘I want to be there one day, I want to experience that feeling for myself,’ said Tsitsipas in a press conference after his victory over Karen Khachanov. He added, “I knew it would be a long journey, but I’m ready to take the necessary steps to give myself the chance to compete for something as big as this.”
I’ve always had the belief that I could become World No.1. It’s all about having the confidence and the drive to achieve it. As a kid, I was extremely confident and it helped me succeed in my home country. But, I knew that in order to truly prove myself, I had to compete in other countries and tournaments. And I did just that, I proved myself time and time again. I was No.1 as a junior, now it’s time for me to do it on the men’s professional circuit.
Three Rankings Up for Grabs for Tsitsipas in the Next Two Weeks!
Tsitsipas’ Australian Fortnight: Three Rankings in the Balance! With a win at the tournament, he can reach the World No.1 spot, if he loses to Tommy Paul in the final he’ll still reach his career-best ranking of No.2 and if he loses to Novak Djokovic he’ll match his previous best ranking of No.3.
Even though Djokovic may not remember, Tsitsipas will be playing in the second Grand Slam final of his career after the French Open in 2021. He joked in the press conference, saying he didn’t remember it either. But one thing is for sure, he’s never felt better than he does at this tournament.
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I’m playing at the top of my game and enjoying every moment of it. I’m optimistic and positive about any outcome, no matter the opponent. This mindset is something that was previously lacking in my game and I truly believe in my abilities. I strive for success every day and even if things don’t go as planned, I give it my all.
Even if I don’t come out on top against Djokovic in the final, I’ll have more chances to reach the top of the world rankings on the American tour in March. Djokovic is currently banned from entering the United States and won’t be able to play in Indian Wells and Miami. Additionally, I have few points to defend in those tournaments as I only made it to the third round in Indian Wells and the round of 16 in Miami in 2022.