“Everyday Process”: Stefanos Tsitsipas Opens Up on Ending Gram Slam Title Wait at AO 2021

Published 02/13/2021, 6:00 AM EST
Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 13, 2021 Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas in action during his third round match against Sweden’s Mikael Ymer REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake


Greek tennis star Stefanos Tsitsipas has opened up on ending his wait for a Grand Slam title. The current World Number 6 progressed to the pre-quarters of the Australian Open after cruising to a straight-set win over Sweden’s Mikael Ymer on Saturday.

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Every day an opportunity, says Tsitsipas on lifting his maiden Grand Slam title

All said and done, his passage to the third round wasn’t easy as he had to survive a partisan crowd and stiff challenge from homeboy Thanasi Kokkinakis to emerge victorious in a nervy and knife-edged five-setter.

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Speaking courtside after his third-round win at Melbourne Park, Tsitsipas said that he sees “every single day as an opportunity” to get closer to his dream of lifting his maiden Grand Slam trophy.

However, he added that he is in no hurry to clinch the silverware as “it will come when it will come”. The 22-year-old is focusing on giving himself the best chance of getting there by picking up as many wins as he can.

He added that if he gets to his first Grand Slam title at the Australian Open, he will go into future battles with the belief that he could win more.

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 13, 2021 Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas reacts during his third round match against Sweden’s Mikael Ymer REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

Stefanos Tsitsipas says he’s focused on showing a “better version” of himself every time he steps out on court

“If I happen to win it, that’s the only way I am going to find out if I’m capable of winning it,” Tsitsipas said.

He added that he doesn’t want to muddle his mind thinking or being anxious about things that “haven’t happened yet” and lose sight of his immediate goal, which is to win his next match.

Tsitsipas said that the journey to his maiden Grand Slam title is an “everyday process” as he has to step out onto the court and “show something better”, a “better version” of himself.

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He said that his first Grand Slam win will not only bring joy to himself but also to his family and those who have supported him throughout his storied quest for the same.

Coming off a hard-earned win in the second round, Tsitsipas was more in his element on Saturday as he didn’t give Ymer so much as a sniff on the way to posting a convincing 6-4, 6-1, 6-1 win. Can he replicate the same success in his upcoming outing?

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Priyabrata Chowdhury

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Priyabrata Chowdhury is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. He has been a print journalist for a decade, producing news pages for leading national dailies such as the Hindustan Times and The New Indian Express. His passion for sports eventually drove him to tennis writing.

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