Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas is brimming with confidence and will travel to Roland Garros this week with his best Grand Slam preparation after clinching his seventh ATP Tour title in Lyon on Sunday.
Basking in the glow of his first ATP Masters 1000 title last month in Monte Carlo, the 22-year-old added the Lyon crown for his second title in 2021 and leads the 2021 season with the most wins at 33 years. I felt my game well; I used my models very well, ”Tsitsipas told reporters. “I insisted a lot on my service. Just consistent on the pitch, consistent with my power and the way I attack, and the way I (take) risks.
“I think it would be considered my best (preparation) so far before the Grand Slam and now all the attention is on next week. I love playing in Paris. I find it fascinating.” Patrick Mouratoglou, the longtime coach of Serena Williams, often seen in the box of Tsitsipas players during tournaments, is delighted with the consistency displayed by the Greek.
“He’s developing really well,” Mouratoglou said of Tsitsipas, who is coached by his father Apostolos. “He’s always been able to beat the best players,” the Frenchman, who often works as an adviser to Tsitsipas, told Reuters recently. “He beat Rafa (Nadal) on clay several years ago. He beat Roger in Grand Slam, beat Novak in Masters 1000 on hard court. But he was a bit up and down, and there had several reasons for this.
“And I think he’s getting more and more solid. He’s losing less and less. He’s slowly but surely establishing himself as a top guy who doesn’t lose against guys classified under. He’s gained a lot of consistency. in everything he is. to do in his game. “Tsitsipas reached the semi-finals on red clay at Roland Garros last year before falling to Novak Djokovic in five sets and Mouratoglou believes the double semi. Australian Open finalist was approaching a first major title.
“Rafa and Novak are always at the top of the game. But I think their margin is getting smaller and smaller. Several young people can beat them now. The margin is shrinking,” added Mouratoglou. “Every year, people ask me questions about Roland Garros and I answer that the only thing we don’t know about Roland Garros is who Rafa will beat in the final.
“This year I can say Rafa is the favorite, but some guys can beat him.”
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