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Stefanos Tsitsipas, So Near the Greats, but Not One among Them Yet

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It’s the majors which have eluded Tsitsipas. At 24, he has already been ranked as high as No. 3 on the planet and currently sits at No. 5. He enters the Rolex Paris Masters having won two titles this 12 months, in Majorca and in Monte Carlo, Monaco. He was also runner-up in five other tournaments.

While Tsitsipas reached the ultimate on the 2021 French Open, losing to Djokovic, and has reached 4 major semifinals, including at this 12 months’s Australian Open, he has often faltered when it mattered most. At america Open in August, he was upset in the primary round by 94th-ranked Daniel Elahi Galan, a match by which he dropped the primary two sets 6-0, 6-1.

“I don’t think I even have ever played so bad in my profession,” Tsitsipas said. “And I do know what happened.”

The problem on the Open, Tsitsipas said, was his decision to experiment with recent rackets, racket head weight, strings and string tension. The rationale was an elbow injury late last 12 months that forced him to retire in the primary round of the Paris Masters, pull out midtournament on the ATP Finals after which have surgery after the season. Since then he has been trying to search out the precise equipment combination that can enhance his game but not hurt his arm.

“The surgery was difficult to return back from, and there was loads of doubting on the time,” Tsitsipas said. “There are specific decisions and moves that I want to take as a way to prevent getting my elbow in that state again. But I mustn’t have a lot experimentation occurring. It took away loads of my confidence.”

Tsitsipas is keenly aware that he’s among the best players never to have won a significant.

“I do know where my tennis is able to reaching and which zone I will be at,” he said. “I suppose I’ll learn from all of the mistakes. It was something that I don’t want to duplicate again since it was psychological suffering. Those are opportunities that I want to grab.”

Introspection is very important to Tsitsipas’s personality. Asked about his favorite philosopher and his preferred quote, Tsitsipas didn’t hesitate.

“I just like the Socrates one,” he said. “‘I do know just one thing: That I do know nothing.’”

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