Stefanos Tsitsipas is ready to conquer Madrid. The Greek player, after a difficult start to the season due to his recovery from elbow surgery following the ATP Finals, has returned to the top of his game, recently winning the Monte Carlo Masters 1000, his first on clay, in the final against Davidovich Fokina.
In the transition from the Principality to the Spanish capital, as there is no change in surface, what scares the number five in the world the most is the altitude. "There is nothing specific that I have to adapt to. It is different from clay court tennis.
It doesn't feel like a clay tournament because you have to deal with the altitude more than the clay itself. That is the challenge you have to work on. They are taller and heavier balls. It's more about hitting that extra ball down the line and very precisely," he said at the Madrid press conference.
It's not the first time that Tsitsipas has come to Madrid with a win in Monte Carlo, but it is the second year. The difference, however, with last year for the Greek is evident: "I have better results", he said during the Spanish Media Day, "I have gained more experience and I have played more matches.
I've seen more scenarios than when I got here. It's up to me to be able to use it in the best possible way." The world number five also weighed in on Wimbledon's decision to exclude Russian and Belarusian tennis players. "What has happened is not really under the control of the players, especially those who come from the countries that suffer the most from the measure taken by Wimbledon.
It is a sensitive topic to talk about." Roger Federer will make his comeback on the indoor courts of Basel in October.
Santoro pays tribute to King Roger
Former World No. 18 Fabrice Santoro, who is now a consultant for beIN Sports and Prime Video, told French daily La Telegramme that Roger Federer was the opponent he admired the most during his long career.
"Roger Federer! For his elegance, his fair play, his way of making tennis easy when you watch it when it is not at all. He gives an impression of ease which is quite disconcerting." Santoro, who is now 49 years old, stated that Federer was a player who loved every aspect of the game.
"He's someone who loves everything about tennis, whether it's training, matches, pressure, or travelling. He's inhabited by the profession."