Following a rollercoaster run on the hard surfaces, Stefanos Tsitsipas begins the clay-court season at the Monte Carlo Masters 2021. In an interview ahead of the ATP Masters 1000 event in Monaco, the 22-year-old from Greece said that his body is in good shape and awaited to explore his game on red dirt.
Having good stats on clay courts in recent years, Tsitsipas is now competing for the first time on the gravel surface since his semifinal run at the 2020 French Open.
“I’m fighting for the Race to Turin. I’m trying to make as many points as possible. I need to be playing a lot of tournaments before Roland Garros. Clay is a surface that I love to play and explore my game,” stated Stefonas Tsitsipas, who is currently in the fourth place to qualify for the 2021 ATP Finals in Turin.
Tsitsipas Works On His Physique When He Plays Friendly Matches On Clay
World No.5 kick-starts this year’s clay-court swing with complete confidence, and he intends to play many more matches as much as possible.
Tsitsipas continued, “I’ve practised a lot of days on clay. I’ve been feeling well. My body is in good shape. Currently, I feel like I’m working a lot on my physicality when I play friendly matches on clay. I think that’s going to be the most important aspect in my game during the clay-court season.”
Stefanos Tsitsipas Likes to Begin The Clay Court Swing Against Lorenzo Musetti
Greek came to play in Monte-Carlo for the third time in her career. And while Tsitsipas has a win-loss record of 2-2 in the first clay-court Masters 1000 event in the ATP Tour calendar, he will begin this year’s campaign against NextGen Lorenzo Musetti or Russian Aslan Karatsev.
When asking about an encounter between Musetti and Karatsev, Stefanos Tsitsipas said, “I would go for Lorenzo Musetti. He has played plenty of matches on clay. I think he’s getting in shape match by match.”
Last month, No.1 seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas defeated qualifier Lorenzo Musetti in a straight-set before reaching his first final of this year at the ATP Acapulco Open 2021. Greek leads Italian 1-0 in their head-to-head series.