Tsitsipas shares surprising feelings on Sinner and Alcaraz

The Greek, at the Internazionali BNL d'Italia, also talked about the new format of the ATP Masters 1000

by Lorenzo Ciotti
Tsitsipas shares surprising feelings on Sinner and Alcaraz
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The state of physical form of Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal and the injuries of Jannik Sinner and Carlos Alcaraz are reshuffling the cards on the ATP Tour. This can be seen at the Internazionali BNL d'Italia, where now one of the favorites for the final victory It's Stefanos Tsitsipas. The Greek champion, in a press conference after his third round victory against Cameron Norrie, also analyzed the absence of his direct competitors, Alcaraz and Sinner.

"Things are like this at the moment. Seeing these things happen to the greatest players is bad for the sport. Without them the show isn't the same. A tournament like the one in Rome deserves big names to show to the public in the big stadiums. I have already mentioned that the calendar has a great impact on our bodies. It all starts from the mental aspect and is then transmitted to the physical one.

The extension of the Masters 1000 plays a huge role and contributes to the injuries of these players. It was already tough before, but you have to be a superhero to have continuity in every event now. It's not easy to do. People should make decisions by experiencing and understanding what we are called to do. I think it won't be the first time we experience such a situation. If we continue like this with the same calendar, we will see this happen many more times in the future," he explained.

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After the hard-fought victory against Jan-Lennard Struff, Tsitsipas overcame Cameron Norrie in two sets and reached the round of 16 at the Internazionali BNL d'Italia. Considering both that he won the title in Monte Carlo and the current conditions of the other top players, the Greek could be one of the favorites at the Roland Garros. He will first have to think about confirming the positive moment in Rome, where today he is expected by the interesting match with Alex de Minaur and prepare as best as possible for the long trip to Paris.

"I'm still far from becoming ATP No.1. I've been thinking about it for years now, I have no reason not to chase that dream. It would be wonderful to conquer that position. It's been my dream since the first day I became a professional tennis player.
I'm happy to be back in the top 10, it hurt not to be part of it. I want to achieve new goals now, but I need to win many more big games,"
he told.

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