Tsitsipas accepts he needs an 'evolution' to beat Alcaraz and Sinner

The Greek player, who is preparing to play in Monte-Carlo, said he had the impression that tennis had not had such a generation for a long time

by Lorenzo Ciotti
Tsitsipas accepts he needs an 'evolution' to beat Alcaraz and Sinner
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Stefanos Tsitsipas is one of the most anticipated tennis players at the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters, especially to see if there is progress regarding his moment, after the crisis of results that has afflicted him in recent months. Recent months that have seen tennis go from the dominance of Novak Djokovic to the rise of Carlos Alcaraz and Jannik Sinner.

During the media day on the eve of the first ATP Masters 1000 on clay courts of the season, the Greek talked about Alcaraz Sinner, explaining how it had been a long time since we had seen such a generation.

Carlos Alcaraz
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Furthermore, there was no shortage of observations related to a player who is often lumped together with him, such as Grigor Dimitrov, due to the fact that they are the two highest level players on the ATP circuit with a one-handed backhand. A blow that is progressively disappearing.

"I have the impression that tennis hasn't had a generation like that for a long time. I have to offer more than before on the court. I have to evolve to be at their level.

They have raised the threshold of tennis. In terms of improvement I feel that tennis hasn't had a generation like that for a long time. I really feel like Sinner and Alcaraz pushed me to improve.

Now I get asked a lot more. One generation leaves something behind and the next generation tries to improve it or offer a better version of what existed before," he told.

Jannik Sinner
Jannik Sinner© @janniksin X account

Tsitsipas also talked about Grigor Dimitrov, referring to the very few one-handed backhand players present on the circuit.

"If you knew how happy I was for Grigor last week when he reached the final in Miami, because I feel like we are now part of the same sect. I'm happy that he's back in the top 10, he deserves it. He plays really good tennis and is a good guy," said Tsitsipas.

Already a few months ago, Tsitsipas had praised Carlitos and Jannik.

"Beating Alcaraz is the great challenge of the moment for any tennis player. He is the best player in the world, together with Sinner. Both are doing incredible things and I have to try to discover their secrets to elevate my tennis and be able to beat them.

I feel that training with him he makes me a better tennis player, it was special to see his quick legs, his defensive ability and the power of his shots," he told Tennis TV.

Will Carlos Alcaraz be able to play in Monte Carlo?

Tomorrow, Wednesday 10 April, Carlitos will take to the court at the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters, although there are still some small doubts related to his real physical condition.

After the training images that showed him with a clear bandage on his right forearm, the 20-year-old Spaniard hit only a few balls first with his forehand, showing great difficulty.

A problem that the two-time Slam champion didn't mention at all in the press conference, but which continues to give him problems on the court. Less than 24 hours after his debut in the tournament, suspicion began to hover over his participation.

Everything will depend on the last day of training, scheduled for today, Tuesday, in which the real physical conditions will be known, and which could lead Alcaraz to a possible sensational withdrawal.

Carlos Alcaraz
Carlos Alcaraz© @ROLEXMCMASTERS X account

Thus the curse would continue for the young Spanish champion at the Monte Carlo tournament.

Since his arrival on the ATP circuit, Alcaraz has played only one match in the three editions of the ATP Master 1000, when he lost in the second round, in 2022, 6-7 7-6 6-3 against the American Sebastian Korda. That was the only match played on the pitch of Monte Carlo by the Spaniard, absent in the 2021 and 2023 editions.

Therefore, given Carlitos's non-optimal condition, a withdrawal from the ATP Master in Monte Carlo is considered possible, given the upcoming events on the Spanish soil of Madrid and Barcelona, on which Alcaraz triumphed last season and defends 1500 ATP points.

The absence of Carlitos would free Novak Djokovic's side of the draw from a more than difficult obstacle, as he could have faced the Spaniard in a possible semi-final. Updates are therefore expected on Tuesday, to find out Alcaraz's choice but above all to understand the nature of the arm problems that are affecting one of the strongest tennis players on this surface.