Tsitsipas ready to swing racket in Turin

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Stefanos Tsitsipas plays in his first match of the ATP finals against Jannik Sinner in Turin on Sunday.

This is the fifth year in a row that the 25-year-old player has qualified for the tournament.

“This is a unique opportunity. Many players – even if you are 200th in the world ranking – can play in a Grand Slam tournament, but not many can boast that they have been part of the ATP finals,” said Tsitsipas.

According to the Greek star, he has been playing more mature tennis since he made his finals debut in London in 2019.

“I am much calmer on the court. I was just thinking earlier that my outlook on life and tennis has also changed a lot. Maybe it’s because I’m older and wiser, but I definitely look at many things with new eyes.”

However, he knows that Sinner will be anything but cannon fodder in their game.

“He plays fearless tennis and he moves like an athlete on the court. I think Jannik can be anywhere on the court in the blink of an eye – his footwork is very nimble. In addition, his house game is much more steady than before.”

Tsitsipas will also cross rackets with Novak Djokovic later in the tournament; a player against whom he has already scored 11 times.

“One can immediately feel Novak’s presence on the tennis court. His body language is always positive and his head is very strong – he rarely loses heart. He is incredibly focused and plays with the correct mindset; he is someone who never doubts his own ability.”

Players who have qualified for the ATP Finals:

Novak Djokovic, Carlos Alcaraz, Daniil Medvedev, Jannik Sinner, Andrey Rublev, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Alexander Zverev and Holger Rune.