Stefanos Tsitsipas confident he will eventually get to No 1 in the world: ‘I’m here for the marathon’

JanMijer

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Stefanos Tsitsipas confident he will eventually get to No 1 in the world: ‘I’m here for the marathon’

Tennis365 / by Shahida Jacobs / December 05, 2022 at 04:02PM


Stefanos Tsitsipas came up just short in his quest to be the world No 1 in tennis, but he believes his consistency, hard work and dedication will eventually help him to achieve the feat.

The Greek started the season-ending ATP Finals as one of three players who could finish the 2022 season as the year-end No 1, but his defeat in his opening match in Turin ended his hopes.

He ultimately finished the year at No 4, behind Carlos Alcaraz, Rafael Nadal and Casper Ruud.
“There are a few things I can improve and manage better in order to get there, but overall if you think about it, I was literally two matches away (from) finishing (as) world No 1,” he told Arab News.

“If I would have won 63 instead of 61 matches — but of course selective, if I had to select which matches I should have won, I could have ended No 1 this season. So that is to show that I was extremely close to get that privilege of being world No 1.”
This is not a goodbye, but a see you soon. https://t.co/OtT0kyYrvR
— Stefanos Tsitsipas (@steftsitsipas) November 18, 2022

Tsitsipas nevertheless had a decent season as he won the Monte-Carlo Masters and Mallorca Championships, finished runner-up at five events – including two ATP Masters 1000 tournaments – and was a semi-finalist at the Australian Open.

He finished the campaign with a 61-24 win-loss record and there is no doubt in his mind that his consistency and efforts will eventually pay off.
“I think maintaining that kind of base and taking the right initiatives tournament after tournament is eventually going to give it to me one day,” he said of the No 1 ranking.

“But I’m not here really for the sprint, I’m here for the marathon. I’m going to be on the tour for many more years and finishing in the top 10 is no easy feat, and it’s extremely challenging to be doing it year after year.

“You need consistent good results to get there, you need to be very focused on your job and have zero to no distractions during the year and you have to be a soldier. You have to wake up thinking about tennis and be extremely disciplined in what you do and include that with some hard work and some dedication to your craft. It never gets easier.

“You might want to make it easier in your mind, you try to find small exits and ways to make this process easier, but trust me it never gets easier. You cannot cheat codes on the ATP Tour to make your way through.”

The world No 4 will return to action next week as he will take part in the exhibition Mubadala World Tennis Championship, which runs from December 16-18 in Abu Dhabi.

 

Steffi-forever

Hall of Fame
“There are a few things I can improve and manage better in order to get there, but overall if you think about it, I was literally two matches away (from) finishing (as) world No 1,” he told Arab News.

“If I would have won 63 instead of 61 matches — but of course selective, if I had to select which matches I should have won, I could have ended No 1 this season. So that is to show that I was extremely close to get that privilege of being world No 1.”


“I think maintaining that kind of base and taking the right initiatives tournament after tournament is eventually going to give it to me one day,” he said of the No 1 ranking.

It would have been the weakest YE #1, as his 2022 slam record was: SF 4R 3R 1R.

Also he is 0-3 vs Alcaraz and on a 9 match losing streak vs Djokovic! Good luck!
 

Purestriker

Legend
Stefanos Tsitsipas confident he will eventually get to No 1 in the world: ‘I’m here for the marathon’

Tennis365 / by Shahida Jacobs / December 05, 2022 at 04:02PM


Stefanos Tsitsipas came up just short in his quest to be the world No 1 in tennis, but he believes his consistency, hard work and dedication will eventually help him to achieve the feat.

The Greek started the season-ending ATP Finals as one of three players who could finish the 2022 season as the year-end No 1, but his defeat in his opening match in Turin ended his hopes.

He ultimately finished the year at No 4, behind Carlos Alcaraz, Rafael Nadal and Casper Ruud.
“There are a few things I can improve and manage better in order to get there, but overall if you think about it, I was literally two matches away (from) finishing (as) world No 1,” he told Arab News.

“If I would have won 63 instead of 61 matches — but of course selective, if I had to select which matches I should have won, I could have ended No 1 this season. So that is to show that I was extremely close to get that privilege of being world No 1.”


Tsitsipas nevertheless had a decent season as he won the Monte-Carlo Masters and Mallorca Championships, finished runner-up at five events – including two ATP Masters 1000 tournaments – and was a semi-finalist at the Australian Open.

He finished the campaign with a 61-24 win-loss record and there is no doubt in his mind that his consistency and efforts will eventually pay off.
“I think maintaining that kind of base and taking the right initiatives tournament after tournament is eventually going to give it to me one day,” he said of the No 1 ranking.

“But I’m not here really for the sprint, I’m here for the marathon. I’m going to be on the tour for many more years and finishing in the top 10 is no easy feat, and it’s extremely challenging to be doing it year after year.

“You need consistent good results to get there, you need to be very focused on your job and have zero to no distractions during the year and you have to be a soldier. You have to wake up thinking about tennis and be extremely disciplined in what you do and include that with some hard work and some dedication to your craft. It never gets easier.

“You might want to make it easier in your mind, you try to find small exits and ways to make this process easier, but trust me it never gets easier. You cannot cheat codes on the ATP Tour to make your way through.”

The world No 4 will return to action next week as he will take part in the exhibition Mubadala World Tennis Championship, which runs from December 16-18 in Abu Dhabi.

It’s good to have confidence. But he clearly has no self awareness.
 

Aussie Darcy

Bionic Poster
“If I would have won 63 instead of 61 matches — but of course selective, if I had to select which matches I should have won, I could have ended No 1 this season. So that is to show that I was extremely close to get that privilege of being world No 1.”

Oh my god. He's literally saying if he won his Aus Open SF and Final against Nadal he could have been #1. Those are clerarly the 2 matches he's referring to. But Stefanos, you didn't win them. You lost in 4 sets to Medvedev in the SF. What an absolutely stupid thing to say.

Used to be a fan of him but now he's just an absolute idiot.
 

initialize

Hall of Fame
Babe, um do you have Ruud and Alcaraz mixed up?

Casper Ruud has a career high of #2.... Never got close to #1.

Awkward for you...
You’re right, meant to say Carlos. Similar first names lol. But you’re not correct in saying Casper never got close… he very much was
 

Aussie Darcy

Bionic Poster
Bro, how can you be #2 and not close to #1 unless you're talking about some 3000 point lead?
Bro where was Casper Ruud ever going to get to #1? The guy who has never scored a win over a top 3 player and has 0 top 10 wins at a slam? Come on babe, you know i'm right. He was never close lmao.
 

weakera

Talk Tennis Guru
Bro where was Casper Ruud ever going to get to #1? The guy who has never scored a single top 10 win over a top 3 player and has 0 top 10 wins at a slam? Come on babe, you know i'm right. He was never close lmao.

So he was #2, but NEVER CLOSE to #1?

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Aussie Darcy

Bionic Poster
So he was #2, but NEVER CLOSE to #1?

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Babe Ons Jabeur is number 2 and is nowhere near close to #1 against Swiatek. Your point is stupid like honey what are you saying? Stop embarrasing yourself. Ruud can't defeat a fellow top 3 player, he never had a chance at #1 and you still haven't actually proven where he could. So embarrassing you can't admit that. :( Try harder.
 

topher

Hall of Fame
If by “marathon” he’s saying he’s waiting for Djokodal to retire, actually not a bad idea. But there are younger players than him and Novak may not retire for another 7 years lol.
 
Babe Ons Jabeur is number 2 and is nowhere near close to #1 against Swiatek. Your point is stupid like honey what are you saying? Stop embarrasing yourself. Ruud can't defeat a fellow top 3 player, he never had a chance at #1 and you still haven't actually proven where he could. So embarrassing you can't admit that. :( Try harder.
He was one win away from #1(USO final) and did have chances to go up 2-1 in that match.
 

Max G.

Legend
Yeah, this is another nothingburger, invented because journalists and fans want to stir up drama.

If Stefanos said he's probably never going to get to #1, people would be ripping him up for having no drive and for being weak. If Stefanos said he's going to get to #1 (like he did), then people would rip him up for letting his mouth get ahead of his racket (like they are). If Stefanos said something entirely bland with no content, "you know the tour is tough and I'm going to keep fighting and keep working hard", people would complain how players today have no character and don't say anything.

There's no winning. The only way to please fans is to actually be a dominant #1, and if you're not then anything you say in an interview is going to be used as ammunition.

As far as I can tell, his attitude here is fine. He knows he's not there yet, but also knows he's close, and is saying he's ready to keep trying for as long as it takes (a marathon) - this is fine! Seriously, guys, this is a totally normal and healthy mental state for someone of his ranking and age!
 

Third Serve

Talk Tennis Guru
Bro where was Casper Ruud ever going to get to #1? The guy who has never scored a win over a top 3 player and has 0 top 10 wins at a slam? Come on babe, you know i'm right. He was never close lmao.
He actually had a surprisingly good chance to become #1:


One match away is at least somewhat close no matter which way you slice it.
 

DSH

Talk Tennis Guru
Had Alcaraz not won US Open, Ruud would be #1 just by reaching the final.

Sinner had MPs against Alcaraz.

So Ruud was as close to world #1 as Federer was Wimbledon title #9.

It's not possible to get closer.
Furthermore, the sinner ruined the sixth Year End number 1 of Nadal's career.
:mad:
 

BeatlesFan

Bionic Poster
He spends 7 hours a day plagiarizing idiotic quotes on his social media. Won't get to #1 with such priorities.

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MeatTornado

Talk Tennis Guru
It's still entirely possible if he gets his head on straight. But that would require doing the very awkward thing of finally firing his father and hiring a real full time coach to fix his flaws.
 

jm1980

Talk Tennis Guru
Babe, um do you have Ruud and Alcaraz mixed up?

Casper Ruud has a career high of #2.... Never got close to #1.

Awkward for you...
Ruud had two pathways for #1:
  • If he made the USO final (which he did), and Alcaraz didn't, he would have been #1. Alcaraz was MP down against Sinner
  • If he won the USO final, he also would have become #1. He had two set points to go up 2-1 on Alcaraz
So arguably he was one point away from the #1 spot, which is pretty close
 

Impressario

Semi-Pro
I clicked on this expecting another embarrassment for us Greeks of the homeland and diaspora, but this was not a bad interview.

Waiting for Stef to correct this right by doing 3 wrongs in a row now
 

Krish0608

G.O.A.T.
The problem with Tsitsipas' approach is that he relies way too much on stealing points from random tournaments. He thinks he can MID his way to the YE #1 With that approach the big tournament wins are going to be few and far between. He always sounds as though he is playing tournament to collect points, not to win it. Maybe it works for him, but it's such a defensive way to approach the rankings and the big tournaments.
 

Max G.

Legend
The problem with Tsitsipas' approach is that he relies way too much on stealing points from random tournaments.

Tsitsipas is playing a pretty normal amount of tournaments. He played 23. In the top 10, the number of tournaments played is low for Djokovic (14), Nadal (14), and Alcaraz (17), but the number of tournaments played by the rest of the top 10 is 23, 23, 26, 21, 23, 22.

Yes, aging ATGs are going to be playing less than him. But other than that, why are you calling it "stealing points" rather than just "Winning points", and how is he "relying" on that more than the other players around him?
 

Fabresque

Legend
I know people are dismissing him but let’s be real, in todays day and age you don’t need to perform in slams that much to become world number 1. He played many tournaments over the entire year and was the tour leader in wins, he was literally a contender to become YE number 1 THIS year. Djokovic can and will rack up a lot of points in the next two years but once that ends? People are that confident Alcaraz will be farming up majors? Tsitsipas is a near shoe-in to become number 1 eventually, if he combines this season with two slam SF’s, he’s got it.
 

Rosstour

G.O.A.T.
Oh my god. He's literally saying if he won his Aus Open SF and Final against Nadal he could have been #1. Those are clerarly the 2 matches he's referring to. But Stefanos, you didn't win them. You lost in 4 sets to Medvedev in the SF. What an absolutely stupid thing to say.

Used to be a fan of him but now he's just an absolute idiot.

Look, we have to entertain so much talk about how Rafa would have had 4 CYGS if he was healthy, so I don't think speculating about two matches is out of bounds
 
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