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Stefanos Tsitsipas Outlines Year-End Goal Ahead Of Madrid Campaign

The world No.5 has high expectation for the rest of the year but will he achieve them?

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Less than a week after his marathon clash with Rafael Nadal in Barcelona, Stefanos Tsitsipas is aiming to continue his recent surge in success on the Tour at the Madrid Open.

 

The Greek has won nine out of his past 10 matches on the European clay. At the Monte Carlo Masters he roared to the title without dropping a single set and was on course to replicating that in Barcelona a week later before being edged out in the final. He currently leads the ATP Race to Turin with a 350-point lead over his nearest opponent (Andrey Rublev).

Tsitsipas’ next challenge will take place at the Caja Magica which is the venue of the Madrid Masters. It will be only his third appearance at the event which he reached the final two years ago before losing to Novak Djokovic.

“I won’t lie, my expectations are to come as close to my previous result (in Barcelona) which was in the final,” Tsitsipas told reporters when asked about his goal for the tournament.
“I’m really pumped for this week and next week,” he added.

Given the surge of wins in recent weeks, the world No.5 doesn’t just have high expectations for the week ahead but the entire season. Outlining his hope to leapfrog Dominic Thiem in the ATP rankings who is less than 400 points ahead of him. Tsitsipas is already at a career ranking high of fifth in the world.

“I can create opportunities and maybe get to number four. It’s something that has been on my mind and I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that,” he explains. “Mainly because I’ve been working hard and I feel like that’s my opportunity to do something different.’
“But of course I’m far from there yet. I have to get these matches going and produce better tennis.”

There is still room for improvement in the game of the 22-year-old who spoke openly about the areas he wishes to work on. One of which is the serve. According to the 52-week ATP stats leaderboard, Tsitsipas is ranked 10th among ‘serve leaders’ which is two places higher than Novak Djokovic. The serve rating is calculated by adding four service metrics percentages with the average number of aces per match before subtracting the average number of double faults per match.

I would like to be a bit more consistent on my serve with a higher first service (percentage). I would like to come to the net more and have a higher winning percentage of net points won. Stuff like this is something I am aiming for,” said Tsitsipas.
“Sending my attention towards the small details which will help me become a more aggressive and complete player.”

Should he successfully improve in those areas, it will help the Australian Open semi-finalist achieve his ultimate goal for 2021 – to crack the world’s top three.

“Right now I’m in the lead in the race to Turin which is very important for me. I want to preserve that to finish the year inside the top three. That is a fair goal for me.” He concluded.

Tsitsipas will start his Madrid campaign against either Ugo Humbert or Aslan Karatsev.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas sets up blockbuster third round match against Matteo Berrettini in Rome

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Stefanos Tsitsipas edged past Marin Cilic 7-5 6-2 to advance to third round at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome. 

 

Tsitsipas has improved his win-loss record to 28-7 this season, equalling Andrey Rublev for most match wins after Rublev beat Jan-Lennard Struff 6-7 (7-9) 6-1 6-4 earlier today. 

Tsitsipas had to save two break points in the ninth game to hold serve after four deuces. The 2021 Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters winner earned his crucial break in the 12th game to win a hard-fought first set 7-5. 

Tsitsipas was in control of the match and cruised to a 6-2 win in the second set with two breaks in the second and eighth games. 

“Sometimes I need to adjust my game and Marin is someone I respect a lot. I knew he was going to come out here and play his best tennis. He made move a lot. It was quite tricky to adjust to that at the beginning, but towards the very end of the first set I stayed calm and stayed calm and resilient. I had to play deep on the returns and find solutions from the baseline rallies. That worked well for me from 6-5”, said Tsitsipas. 

Tsitsipas set up a blockbuster third round match against last week’s Madrid Mutua Open finalist Matteo Berrettini, who beat John Millman 6-4 6-2 in front of fans, who will return on Thursday. Tsitsipas enjoyed the atmosphere on the Pietrangeli Stadium. 

“The Pietrangeli Stadium is very beautiful. It’s one of the best courts on tour. I feel like the Pietrangeli here is great. We are surrounded by trees in the city and it’s very quiet which is very important for tennis. Honestly, I can’t wait for the fans to come and fill in the stadium”, said Tsitsipas. 

Berrettini missed three consecutive break points in the third game of the opening set and earned his first break in the ninth game to take a 5-4 lead. The Rome-native star served out the first set at 15. Berrettini earned two consecutive breaks to race out to 4-0 lead. Millman saved a break point to hold serve in the fifth game, but Berrettini never looked back in his next two service games to claim the second set 6-2. 

Berrettini has improved with his each appearance in the Rome tournament, reaching the second round in 2018, the third round in 2019 and the quarter final in 2020. 

Tsitsipas beat Berrettini in their only head-to-head match at the 2019 Australian Open. 

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Alexander Zverev eases past Hugo Dellien to set up a third round match clash against Kei Nishikori in Rome

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This year’s Madrid Mutua Open champion Alexander Zverev cruised past qualifier Hugo Dellien 6-2 6-2 on Nicola Pietrangeli Court to move into the third round at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome. 

 

Zverev fired 27 winners and fended off all six of the break points he faced. The German won five consecutive games from 0-1 down with a double break to race out to a 5-1 lead and served out the opening set at 15 in the eighth game. 

Zverev went up a break in the third game to take a 2-1, but he had to save six break points in a 12-game fourth game. Zverev managed to hold serve after seven deuces before breaking serve in the fifth game to open up a 4-1 lead. The German served out the win on on his second match point in the eighth game. 

The  German star will face Kei Nishikori for the second time in two weeks. He beat Nishikori, Dan Evans, Rafael Nadal, Dominic Thiem and Matteo Berrettini last week at the Madrid Mutua Open en route to the fourth ATP Masters 1000 title of his career after claiming three previous trophies in Rome and Canada in 2017 and Madrid in 2018.  

Federico Delbonis didn’t face a break point and converted four of his nine break points in his 6-2 6-1 win over David Goffin. The Argentine player will take on Felix Auger Aliassime, who cruised past last year’s Rome finalist Diego Schwartzman 6-1 6-3. 

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Aslan Karatsev beats Danil Medvedev in all-Russian clash in Rome

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Aslan Karatsev beat his compatriot Danil Medvedev 6-2 6-4 after 1 hour and 18 minutes in an all-Russian match to move into the third round at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia at the Foro Italico in Rome. Karatsev has scored his fifth career win against top 10 opponents.

 

Karatsev has improved his win-loss record to 21-6 in his 27 matches this year, including the ATP 500 title in Dubai, the semifinal at the Australian Open and the final at the Serbian Open in Belgrade. 

Karatsev has scored his second top 5 win in the past month after taking an upset win over world number 1 Novak Djokovic in the semifinal in Belgrade. 

Karatsev earned a double break in the fifth and seventh games to open up a 5-2 lead. The 27-year-old Russian player earned another break in the seventh game with a volley to take a 4-3 lead. He never looked back and served out the win on his first match point in the 10th game. 

Karatsev won 90% of his first serve points and saved just one break point. 

Karatsev faced Medvedev for the first time in his career on the ATP Tour. They teamed up with Andrey Rublev at the ATP Cup in Melbourne last winter helping Russia win the final against Italy. 

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