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‘I have what it takes to be world number one,’ declares Maxime Cressy

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Maxime Cressy says he believes he can become world number one after he sealed his first ATP title in Newport last week.

The American has had a fine rise in the last two years and he is now looking in a strong position to be seeded for the US Open this year.

That, though, appears to be the very least of the 25-year-old’s ambitions.

“Regardless of the ups and downs, my ranking has just skyrocketed really fast in the past two years,” Cressy told atptour.com.

“Considering all the failures that I’ve had, it’s been kind of crazy, because I definitely feel like I’ve fallen down a lot. But I rose back up quickly, I never gave up and I stayed resilient.

“Being just outside the Top 30 that quickly is a huge indication [to me] that I have what it takes to be world number one. I don’t think that belief is ever going to change.”

Maxime Cressy has been described as a throwback due to his serve and volley style of play.

That used to be the commonplace on the ATP Tour in the until the 1990s, but the men’s game has become dominated by power baseliners since.

Cressy, though, says he is on a mission to spark a revival.

“My dream is to really make serve and volley great again, and inspire many people to start playing that game style,” he said.

“I’ve seen other players do it a lot more, like Rafa [Nadal]. If I can impact the tennis world, and make serve and volley a game style that people enjoy and want to play, it’s going to be big.”

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