Stefanos Tsitsipas candidly reveals mistake he was making during recent poor stretch

Tsitsipas hasn't enjoyed much success over the last few months.

by Dzevad Mesic
Stefanos Tsitsipas candidly reveals mistake he was making during recent poor stretch
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Stefanos Tsitsipas admits relying too much on his talent and experience in the last few months didn't really work out well for him. In his first summer hard-court tournament, Tsitsipas made a strong start as he won an ATP 250 event in Los Cabos.

But then, Tsitsipas' went a disappointing 2-3 in the remainder of the North American swing - he picked up a round-of-16 loss at the Cincinnati, while he was beaten in the second round at the US Open and Toronto Masters. After the US Open, Tsitsipas lost in the Beijing first round and won just one match in Shanghai before losing to Ugo Humbert.

This week, Tsitsipas is playing in Antwerp and he remains hopeful he can turn around his situation before the season ends. “These last three, four months, I haven’t managed to gain many points, I admit. I relied a little too much on what I had learned.

I thought I could also succeed by putting discipline aside a little, and focusing a little more on my talent. But that’s not how it works. Deep down, I feel like I want to turn things around with a good end to the season.

I’m very hungry as I start this last indoor tour. I have never trained so much in my entire career," Tsitsipas said.

Tsitsipas dreams of doing major things with Paula Badosa

Over the last couple of months, Tsitsipas and his girlfriend Badosa have several times spoken about their desire to achieve big things together.

Tsitsipas, 25, is a two-time Grand Slam finalist and his career-high ranking saw him sitting at No 3 in the world. On the other side, 25-year-old Badosa has one Grand Slam quarterfinal but she is also a former world No 2 in women's tennis.

Tsitsipas and Badosa are enjoying a happy relationship and they are also hoping to achieve their biggest tennis dreams together. “You know, it takes years to mature as a man, or as a dominant athlete. And I give myself time for that.

I really want to make my dream come true one day. I dream that Paula and I can make it together and be No 1. I have nothing to prove to anyone," Tsitsipas said.

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