Stefanos Tsitsipas had a great Australian Open run, having defeated Roger Federer among others, but he still feels he has room for improvement. The 20-year-old Athens native lost to Rafael Nadal in a straight-set semi-final, and in his press conference at the Sofia Open, Tsitsipas said: "That is what I am training for – to beat these players.
Otherwise, I will not be able to go on the court and practice every single day. For sure I am practicing for these moments. I really want badly to beat – (Novak) Djokovic, Nadal, and Federer, and Marin (Cilic), and whoever else in the future.
Because, as I said previously, these players will make me a better player and I will know how to deal with certain situations much better. So was a bit down with myself on this press conference then. I knew it was a big chance and if I could potentially make the final.
I thought I was playing really well, I really wanted to take the best from this tournament. I felt disappointed that I had to leave the tournament by losing an easy match for him, I would say. But I am going to try to change this and improve to avoid this kind of situations."
Tsitsipas also said he was very happy to play the Bulgarian tournament again: "It is great to be in Sofia. It is my second time here. I feel much nicer this year because last time it was snowy and very col. This time the weather is perfect.
So I really enjoy my time here. The organization is fantastic. People seem to appreciate me being here, so I love them back as well. What I hear – people from Greece will come here to support. That is a nice thing to have. Thanks to the organizers for inviting me.
I think this is an incredible tournament – a big Centre court, everything is very, very organized – the physios, the food."