Stefanos Tsitsipas about Australian Open hopes: ‘My mentality is different’ | TUSEN | Tennis

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Stefanos Tsitsipas is a man on a mission at this year’s Australian Open. The Greek has won straight sets in four of his five matches as he showed fighting spirit to make it through his only major test against Jannik Sinner in the fourth round.

After defeating Jiri Lehecka to reach the semifinals on Tuesday, the third seed was asked if he has what it takes to capture his first Grand Slam singles title in Melbourne. His answer was clear.

“I feel great with my tennis. I don’t think I’ve felt this good in a long time. I will definitely say yes [to winning the title]’ said Tsitsipas. “I said it, I am a different player, play differently. My mentality is different. When I’m on the field, I honestly don’t really think about negative things. I just go out and play the game.

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Tsitsipas plays for a double price on the hard court major. If the 24-year-old wins the trophy, he will rise to No. 1 in the Pepperstone ATP Rankings for the first time. With the high pressure, some would struggle both physically and mentally. Tsitsipas, however, relishes the challenge.

“There’s a certain way of looking at tennis, that you’re exhausted after every game. Everything you try to do on the field takes a lot of effort. There is another version of tennis where you do your job, but you enjoy it so much that you don’t care if it’s exhausting or not. It refreshes you every time,” Tsitsipas said.

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“I think I’ve been moving towards that more lately than the other one. I am very happy to be on the track. I am very happy to perform. I’m really glad I got some good shots, come in. It’s just this whole dynamic that has made me very hungry and created a lot of desire to play tennis and want to achieve new things.

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The Greek, who is in his fourth Australian Open semifinal, will aim to reach his first final in Melbourne when he plays against Karen Khachanov on Friday. The 18th seed passed Sebastian Korda earlier on Tuesday after the American was forced to retire with a wrist injury.

“It’s a match I’m looking forward to,” said Tsitsipas, who leads Khachanov 5-0 in their ATP Head2Head series. “Of course I’m definitely happy with the way I’ve played so far. I look forward to more, to better. Looking for some magical experiences here in Australia.”

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