Stefanos Tsitsipas Emulates Novak Djokovic’s Mantra to Success

Published 04/18/2021, 6:51 AM EDT
Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 17, 2021 Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas celebrating winning his quarter final match against Spain’s Rafael Nadal REUTERS/Jaimi Joy


Stefanos Tsitsipas will compete in his third ATP Masters 1000 final at the 2021 Monte Carlo Masters. The Greek has been in sublime over the last month, finishing as the runner-up at the Mexican Open and a quarterfinalist at Miami Open.

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Notably, the Greek is yet to drop a set at Monte-Carlo and has won over 70% of the points on his first serve in all the matches en route to the final.

Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Monte Carlo Masters – Monte-Carlo Country Club, Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France – April 15, 2021, Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas reacts during his third round match against Chile’s Cristian Garin REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

Stefanos Tsitsipas commits himself to meditation

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During an interview, Tsitsipas talked about seeking help from a longtime sports psychologist, Kostas Pergantis, to improve his approach to playing. Seeded No.4, Tsitsipas revealed he’s had multiple sessions with Pergantis and the latter is helping him with breathing techniques.

“We have been working together a lot recently. He has helped me with breathing techniques and meditation,” said Tsitsipas.

In fact, over the years, World No.1 Novak Djokovic has made yoga and meditation a part of his life which has not only helped him physically but spiritually as well.

NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 09: Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates defeating Gael Monfils of France with a score of 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-2 during their Men’s Singles Semifinal Match on Day Twelve of the 2016 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 9, 2016, in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

The 18-time Grand Slam champion has, in the past, talked about the pivotal role yoga has played in bringing a sense of peace and calm in his life.

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As for Tsitsipas, he will face No.6 seed Andrey Rublev in the final to slug it out for the title. Interestingly, whosoever wins will clinch his maiden ATP Masters 1000 trophy.

The duo has faced off six times during their career so far, with the rivalry tied at 3-3. The last time they played against each other was in the semifinals of the 2021 ATP Rotterdam Open, a match Rublev won in straights sets.

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The 23-year-old Rublev overcame the greatest challenge on clay before entering the final. He defeated the 11-time Monte-Carlo champion, Rafael Nadal, in the quarterfinals in a hard-fought three-set match. This feat alone gives him the edge in the final, but he certainly has his task cut out with an in-form Tsitsipas looking to get his maiden Masters title.

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Kshitij Tayal

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Kshitij Tayal is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having played district-level tennis competitions, Kshitij is also a tenured journalist of the sport with over four years of experience. At EssentiallySports, he pens down some thought-provoking pieces on players and tournaments across the ATP and WTA.

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