World No. 5 Stefanos Tsitsipas is hoping to continue his good form in the rest of the clay season as he is aiming to finish the year ranked at one of the first two positions on the rankings list. Tsitsipas, 23, achieved a career-high ranking of No.
3 last August. Tsitsipas has proved capable of playing extremely well on clay and he is hoping to deliver the same level of consistency on surfaces outside clay. Tsitsipas kicked off his clay season at the Monte Carlo Masters, where he defeated Alejandro Davidovich Fokina 6-3 7-6 (3) to win back-to-back Monte Carlo titles.
"If I'm able to win matches with the same consistency I do on this surface, I think I have a big chance of finishing the year of the top two, which is a huge goal of mine to be finally there and belong in that special group of players," Tsitsipas said.
Tsitsipas aims a huge clay season
Last year, Tsitsipas won his maiden Masters title after defeating Andrey Rublev in the Monte Carlo final. Tsitsipas proved this year that last year's run wasn't a fluke as he delivered another strong week in the Principality to win back-to-back titles at the tournament.
Tsitsipas got broken in the third game of the match but responded by breaking Davidovich Fokina in the fourth and eighth games to overturn the deficit and win the opener. Tsitsipas was twice up by a break in the second set but Davidovich Fokina twice recovered to force a tie-break.
Davidovich Fokina managed to break Tsitsipas when he was serving for the match in the 10th game but the Spaniard stood no chance in the tie-break as the Greek sealed a straight-set victory. Tsitsipas started his clay season on the best possible way and his big goal remains being at his best for the French Open.
It is not a secret that 2021 French Open -up Tsitsipas loves playing on clay and that he is hoping to win his first Grand Slam at the Roland Garros.