Stefanos Tsitsipas after passing Rafael Nadal: 'I want to become No. 1'

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Stefanos Tsitsipas after passing Rafael Nadal: 'I want to become No. 1'

With 47 wins under his belt, Stefanos Tsitsipas leads the standings ahead of Daniil Medvedev, Casper Ruud, Novak Djokovic and Andrey Rublev. Stefanos has already accomplished two massive goals in 2021, lifting his first Masters 1000 title in Monte Carlo and cracking the top-3, replacing Rafael Nadal in the elite group.

Stefanos produced a marvelous win over Rafa at the Australian Open before losing in the semi-final to Daniil Medvedev. The Greek was the Acapulco finalist before embracing a notable streak on clay that carried him towards the Monte Carlo crown and a match point against Nadal in the Barcelona final.

Nadal prevailed in that one, and Stefanos bounced back at Roland Garros to secure the first Major final, opening two sets to love advantage over Novak Djokovic before falling in five sets. Struggling after that massive blow, Tsitsipas experienced three early losses before finding his game again in Toronto, reaching the semis and losing a tight clash to Reilly Opelka.

Stefanos will try to go even further in Cincinnati, scoring wins over Sebastian Korda and Lorenzo Sonego to advance into the quarters. Not thinking about winning every tournament he enters, Stefanos wants to play consistent tennis in different conditions and surfaces, eager to become world no.

1 one day.

Stefanos Tsitsipas has had a great season so far.

"Cracking the top-3 was very significant, and it holds great importance. You do not get many exciting moments like this in your career. I saw it come out, and I felt overwhelmed by it.

It adds some value to yourself for the efforts that you have put in to get there. It kind of pushes me so much to sustain that, to want to go the extra mile in the following tournaments, and that was my initial goal from the beginning of the year, to make it into the top three.

Now the second phase of that goal is to remain there. The rankings are there for a reason, and they signify something important. I think that the next step would be the No. 1 spot, which I hope I can get to one day. My top priority is reaching far into the tournament, playing good tennis.

I have said that I'm not aiming for titles or trying to win every event. I want to get to the stage of a tournament where I can get a lot of points. I know that most big points come from the semi-final and onwards, and I'm targeting those rounds.

If I reach the very first goal of it, I'm not going to stop. I know for a fact that all these events have different kinds of conditions to be adjusting to. Some of the places are a bit more humid. My top priority is finding a balance and that quick adjustment from switching from one tournament to the next without massive gaps or holes in my game," Stefanos Tsitsipas said.