Stefanos Tsitsipas, the Monte Carlo Masters champion, has described why he believes tennis is the most difficult sport to play, saying that “if you make a few mistakes, you can find yourself on the back foot.”
This season, the world number five has been in excellent form, particularly on clay. The Greek has reached at least the quarter-final stage in every clay tournament so far this season, and the 23-year-old has also won his second consecutive Monte Carlo Masters title. Tsitsipas’ form has continued into the Rome Masters final, where he was defeated by the world number one Novak Djokovic.
Tstispas, however, needed to dig deep in the Italian capital to reach his fifth Masters 1000 final, unlike his Monte Carlo championship where he was only taken to three sets once. The Greek has had to fight back from behind in both his semi-final match against Alexander Zverev and his last 16 matches against Karen Khachanov this week in Rome. To overcome Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov, he also had to preserve two match points.
“One break in our sport, men’s tennis could mean a lot”- Stefanos Tsitsipas
Despite his ability to advance, Stefanos Tsitsipas pondered on how rapidly a tennis match can change if a few errors are made. Speaking in a recent interview, Tsitsipas told reporters, “Tennis is the most difficult sport that exists, if you make a few mistakes you can find yourself on the back foot – one break in our sport, men’s tennis, could mean a lot.”
“You find yourself chasing all the time, to be honest with you, not a great way of serving today in the first set, rushing a lot, having too many things on my head all at once, too many things going through my head when serving.”
“Once I established a clear picture and focused on time then it was a lot different in terms of being able to make the right decisions at the right time. He played good, he returned well, he seemed to be swinging through the shots freely which gave me more to work, “ Stefanos Tsitsipas concluded.