For the first time since Paris 2004, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic will all miss the Masters 1000 event in Miami this week. With no Dominic Thiem in the draw, the door is wide open for some top-ranked youngsters to seek a notable crown and 1000 ATP points.
Stefanos Tsitsipas is the 2nd seed, heading to Miami after losing the Acapulco final to Alexander Zverev and hoping to find his A-game in Florida. The Greek understands it is a massive opportunity for everyone in the draw to go all the way and pick a Masters 1000 trophy, saying he is not the favorite but preparing to do his best and fight in every match.
"I would be thrilled to walk away with a Masters 1000 title. The opportunity hasn't presented itself, but I feel like I'm getting close. I want it a lot, and the desire is there; it always has been. I'm always working on getting better, and I think that's what will help me get to that point of winning Masters 1000 events.
Stefanos Tsitsipas spoke about his chances at the Miami Open.
I also feel I need more opportunities to get there. It is a chance for all of us without the top players; I won't lie. There are plenty of good guys who aren't in the top-5 who can play good tennis.
I can see them as a threat, too. I don't see myself as the favorite. I like to enter a tournament with low expectations and build my way through. I have a pretty difficult draw despite all of this. I have matches that I will have to fight hard and give my best.
It adds a lot to my psychological state. In Acapulco, I wasn't expecting myself to end up in the final. I wasn't thinking of the final when the event started. I was enjoying every single day there; the weather was great, the people were friendly.
The crowd seemed very excited to have me there, and I wanted to bring the best out of my game. There wasn't a single trace of negativity or any negative outcome until the final. I can only learn from it, and it is something that I cannot go back and fix.
I might as well embrace it and move on stronger and take that as an example and as a lesson that I wouldn't want to happen again soon or in any other final that I might play," Stefanos Tsitsipas said.