Stefanos Tsitsipas made it clear his goal for the next match will be to try to decrease the number of his unforced errors. Tsitsipas, ranked at No. 4 in the world racked up 38 unforced errors during his Melbourne opener but still beat Mikael Ymer 6-2 6-4 6-3 to reach the Australian Open second round.
“[I will try to] decrease the unforced errors, I think I had a few more than I usually have,” said Tsitsipas, per the ATP website. “When you’re a professional tennis player, these small things can make a massive difference”.
Tsitsipas now owns a 3-0 head-to-head record against Ymer on the main level. “Mikael is someone that I’ve been competing with for the past fifteen years, we are the same age, so it’s special to be facing each other on this court," said Tsitsipas.
"We started from eight years old playing together and now we are playing on Rod Laver [Arena]. “He gave me a hard time, really going after every single ball and staying in the match for as long as he could”.
Tsitsipas on the best hard court players
After beating Ymer, Tsitsipas to name the best hard court players, excluding Novak Djokovic. "On hard court? I would put Daniil Medvedev in there, Alexander Zverev, Rafael Nadal.
He has won a lot of titles on hard court. Casper Ruud is starting to become better on hard court than he was before. And Hubert Hurkacz, I think," Tsitsipas responded. After Tsitsipas didn't name himself, he was asked what it would take for him to be elevated to their level.
"I didn't know I could consider myself too (smiling). When I get asked questions like this, I always try to think about others and not put myself in whatever that is. It's a question based on others, not me," Tsitsipas said. "But for sure, myself in there, 100%."