Don’t expect Stefanos Tsitsipas to retreat into his shell after starting his Turin 2023 campaign with a straight-sets loss to Jannik Sinner.
As the Greek points out, a key advantage of the tournament’s round-robin format is that it allows players to stay alive even in defeat. An example of this is 2019, when Tsitsipas lost a group match against Rafael Nadal, but was proclaimed champion.
“That’s the beauty of the Nitto ATP Finals; it’s not over until it’s really over,” said the World No. 6. “You can always bounce back and you can always come back. It’s a good format. It allows for great competition and some good comebacks that we don’t really see in this sport because our circuit is based on knockout rounds, one shot at each tournament.”
With his chances of winning a second title at the Nitto ATP Finals still alive, Tsitsipas says he will play with freedom and aggressiveness.
“I enjoy playing on fast surfaces a lot more now than I did years ago,” he said. “I think my tennis is much more suited to fast surfaces than slow ones. My shots are strong. I can hit big shots.”
“For me, this tournament is also an opportunity to grow my game with perhaps greater risks. Why not? It’s a great tournament and I really want to do well here.”
Tsitsipas praised Sinner’s impressive serve after the Italian dropped just 10 points on his way to a 6-4 6-4 victory. “He’s definitely improved his serve, and he showed it today on the court,” he said.
“There wasn’t much I could do. Sometimes I tried to guess. He served very close to the lines, in the corners,” he said.
“I’m not the elastic superhero girl to be after those balls. I tried my best, and he played a very good quality game on his part,” she said with a smile.