Australian Open closing: ‘Enjoy my tennis’ – Tsitsipas hopes for mental strength

Status: 28.01.2023 16:28

Stefanos Tsitsipas will problem Novak Djokovic for a tenth Australian Open title. For this, the Greek strengthened his mental strength. “I do not see something adverse anymore,” says the 24-yr-outdated.

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 don’t remain a secret for lengthy, particularly not after they have an effect on Grand Slam finalists.

However, the 24-yr-outdated Greek modified his thoughts a day earlier than his second main profession closing in opposition to Novak Djokovic and educated on the nationwide coaching middle in a corridor a couple of meters from the power 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 overlooked of the massive, non-sporting nature of the previous few days.

Tsitsipas, alternatively, would 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 adverse 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 mentioned on the media middle’s cinema-like press convention on Friday.

Only within the spherical of 16, Tsitsipas needed to struggle the total distance in opposition to extremely gifted South Tyrolean Yannick Sinner, surviving his solely weak spot in a 3rd-set tiebreak in opposition to 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 in opposition to Djokovic, who was a bodily stronger participant regardless of the eleven-yr age distinction. Then Tsitsipas was amazed and mentioned, “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-closing 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 file. The winner of the ultimate may also grow to be the world primary from Monday, changing Carlos Alcaraz, who was absent because of harm.

Criticism of Titsipas at Wimbledon

Tsitsipas was criticized after the third spherical at Wimbledon final yr. Nick Kyrgios taunted him a couple of instances 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 a couple of 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 mental fortitude have intensified.

After an harm-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 match 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 % (44 of 53 break factors). For instance, within the quarter-closing match in opposition to 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 lots 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 at all times been thought-about a barely totally different tennis skilled. Nevertheless, extremely gifted and properly-educated, at all times intellectually and artistically , and geared up along with his personal YouTube channel.

Home followers in Greece, rankings are skyrocketing lately 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 mental improvement.

Djokovic is tough to beat in Melbourne

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

Tsitsipas remained an outsider, however mentioned: “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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