“I Won’t lie”: Stefanos Tsitsipas on Absence of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic at Miami Open 2021

Stefanos Tsitsipas
Stefanos Tsitsipas

Greek tennis sensation Stefanos Tsitsipas won the 2019 ATP Finals title and reached three Grand Slam semifinals. But, he is still seeking his first ATP Masters 1000 title. However, World No.5 admits he is “getting really close” to wearing a Masters crown.

To claim his first Masters 1000 title, the 22-year-old from Athens is now competing at the Miami Open 2021.

“I would be thrilled to walk away with a Masters 1000 title. The opportunity hasn’t presented itself, but I feel like I’m getting really close,” Tsitsipas said in a press conference. 

Stefanos Tsitsipas
Stefanos Tsitsipas

Stefanos reached the championship match in the 2018 Canadian Masters after defeating Dominic Thiem, Novak Djokovic, Alexander Zverev and Kevin Anderson. 

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Afterwards, he played his second Masters 1000 final in the 2019 Madrid Open, upset defending champion Alexander Zverev and five-time event title winner Rafael Nadal. 

Greek continued, “I really want it a lot, and the desire is there. It always has been. I’m always working to get better, and I think that’s what’s going to help me get to that point of winning Masters 1000 events. I feel also I just need more opportunities to get there.”

“It Is An Opportunity”: Stefanos Tsitsipas on Big 3 Absent 

On the other hand, When speaking about Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Dominic Thiem, Matteo Berrettini and other top players absent in Miami this year, Tsitsipas said, “It is an opportunity. I won’t lie. It is an opportunity.”

“There are plenty of good guys that aren’t in the top five that can play good tennis as well. I can see them as a threat, too. I don’t see myself as the favourite of the tournament. And I like to enter a tournament with low expectations and build my way through,” the 2021 Acapulco Open runner-up added. 

Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer
Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer

No.2 seed Stefanos Tsitsipas will lock horns with either Kevin Anderson or Thiago Monteiro in his opening round match. And he will have a chance to meet the former US Open runner-up Kei Nishikori before reaching the fourth round. 

“I have a pretty difficult draw despite all of this. I have matches that I will really have to fight hard and give my best,” Tsitsipas concluded. 

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Published : 7:54 AM, Wed, 24 March 2021

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