Stefanos Tsitsipas wary of challenges early rounds at Grand Slams pose

Tsitsipas speaks on facing Mikael Ymer in the Australian Open first round.

by Dzevad Mesic
Stefanos Tsitsipas wary of challenges early rounds at Grand Slams pose

World No. 4 Stefanios Tsitsipas insists he won't be taking 82nd-ranked Mikael Ymer for granted when they meet in the Australian Open first round. Tsitsipas, a two-time Australian Open semifinalist, has a 2-0 head-to-head against Ymer.

“We have played together in the juniors for many, many years, so we know each other since the age of 10,” Tsitsipas said ahead of the Ymer clash, per the ATP website. “He’s someone that has a very solid game in terms of putting a lot of balls back into the court, very good movement on the court.

I’m just going to have to approach this match carefully, the way I always do”.

Tsitsipas wary of the possible challenges

Tsitsipas is no stranger to losing in early rounds at the Grand Slams and he absolutely wants to avoid that at Melbourne Park.

“The first rounds can be the most challenging ones,” he said. “You don’t know what to expect. Everyone has trained for almost two months prior to the Australian Open. They’ve done pre-season training, fitness training.

There has been a lot of change. Most of them I would hope are aiming for a change in their games. It is indeed a very challenging thing to bring your best in the first round. It makes for one of the most difficult rounds in a Grand Slam, for sure”.

Tsitsipas made it clear his goal is to capture his maiden Grand Slam title at the Australian Open. “My tactics remain the same. But I’m really going for the long run in every single one of them,” said the Greek.

“There is kind of a different mental approach to it because you might be two sets to love up but the match isn’t over yet. The confidence is there. The confidence kicks in in week two. That’s where you can evaluate and move on”.

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