Stefanos Tsitsipas claimed his maiden Masters 1000 title at the Monte-Carlo Masters. A top-five player at the age of 22, Tsitsipas is the probable future world no.1 in the making. Tennis is an individual sport, defined by small margins. Being out there, all by yourself, means the player has to be ready for anything, both physically and mentally.
While Stef’s physical attributes have never been questioned, his mental strength has often been under the scanner. Conversely, the mental strength has often separated the Big Three (Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, and Roger Federer) from the rest of the tour. Being at the top is not just based on skills but also the level to sustain your mind for long periods of time.
So what has changed for Stefanos Tsitsipas in Monte Carlo? The Greek highlighted an interesting point to his victory in his post-match press conference. He said, “Breathing is something I’ve been working on [in] the past couple of months with my psychologist. I find breathing very important, especially when I’m performing or playing. Breathing helps me control myself and have full control of what I’m doing out there.”
The ‘Blonde Hercules’ further continued, “It is definitely something that I’ve been putting a lot of work [into] in the past couple of weeks with him. Actually, this week more than the other weeks, doing it daily after every single match that I played… When you breathe well, I feel like your game is capable of reaching the top.”
Can Stefanos Tsitsipas claim his first Grand Slam in 2021?
Stefanos Tsitsipas is a potential player with a sparkling future ahead. After acing the first Masters 1000 title, his confidence will be sky-high. Subsequently, this is where a player’s psychology comes into play, in a best of five in a Grand Slam, an area Tsitsipas has often found himself lacking behind the top players.
The Greek Lad knows that consistency is the key to his future as he wrapped up his press conference by concluding “More opportunities like this [are] going to show up and come up in the future, so I need to be ready to show my consistency.” If the mentality shown by the young Greek in Monte Carlo is anything to go by, Tsitsipas may finally end his wait for a major title.
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