Greek tennis star Stefanos Tsitsipas absolutely loves a challenge and that's what drives him to go extra mile and push himself harder. Last week, Tsitsipas made it past record 20-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal on the ATP rankings list.
The 23-year-old Greek is now enjoying a career-high ranking of No. 3 in the world. "Not at all. I see it as a challenge, as a challenging thing to do, and it's me against my strengths so much. It's not so much me against my opponent.
It's me showing what I'm capable of," Tsitsipas claimed. "If I keep it strategic and tactical, I think these things can come. It's not about going out there and winning every single tournament week in, week out.
You know, you are not a robot. You can do this, you can pull it off, but this is not the main focus right now."
Tsitsipas knows becoming No. 1 won't be easy
Tsitsipas has noted that he gradually sets his goals. Tsitsipas' first goal was to break into the top-10, then to make the top-5 and then to make the top-3.
Novak Djokovic is firmly holding the No. 1 spot but Tsitsipas and Daniil Medvedev are threatening to dethrone the Serb. "As I said, these kind of milestones are very unique, and for me, the ones that every player should be aiming for is top 10, top 5, top 3, and then top 1, of course, these are some of the more significant numbers, in my opinion," Tsitsipas said.
"Yeah, to get there, we will have to wait a little bit. It will be a big clash between, you know, a few of my rivals, because they want the same exact same thing as me. So, you know, more work, more precise work to be done, and I think lots of patience on court and off court."