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Stefanos Tsitsipas - Australian Open 2023

Stefanos Tsitsipas claims he is ‘very close’ to winning a Grand Slam


Stefanos Tsitsipas believes he is close to becoming the first Greek to win a Grand Slam title, after falling just short at the Australian Open earlier this year.

Tsitsipas, who is the ATP No.5, has reached two Grand Slam finals in his career and believes that with a ‘bit of luck’ he could go that one step further.

“It’s something that depends on me and a little on the others too, because the circuit is very big and everyone is looking for this goal,” Tsitsipas explained, “So far I haven’t been able to reach it, I haven’t been able to win the finals I’ve played. I lacked that little bit of luck that is always needed.”

The 24-year-old has struggled to find results since the Australian Open, to which he puts down to a shoulder injury,¬†“After playing the final in Australia I had that injury which prevented me from competing well in subsequent tournaments.”

He added, “I have to improve my preparation, I know I’m very close, I just have to continue on the same path, giving me the possibility to continue fighting until I reach another final. The road to achieve this goal is long, now I’m working to be more constant and come back as soon as possible to have an opportunity like this.”

Tsitsipas will be hoping for an upturn in form in Barcelona, where he has twice reached the final, and he begins his campaign against Pedro Cachin in the second round after receiving a bye.

Stefanos Tsitsipas at Grand Slams 

Tsitsipas has in-fact already been very close to a Grand Slam title, having only been a set away from victory at Roland Garros two years ago. And while many consider clay to be the Greek’s best surface, Tsitsipas actually has his best main draw win percentage at a hard court major.

Here is a breakdown of Tsitsipas’ performances in the main draw of the four Grand Slams:

Australian Open

Win-loss: 21-6 (78%)

Best Result: Final (2023) – Lost to Novak Djokovic, 3-6 6(4)-7 6(5)-7

Roland Garros

Win-loss: 18-6 (75%)

Best Result: Final (2021) – Lost to Novak Djokovic, 7-6(6) 6-2 3-6 2-6 4-6

Wimbledon 

Win-loss: 5-5 (50%)

Best Result: Fourth Round (2018) – Lost to John Isner, 4-6 6(8)-7 6(4)-7

US Open 

Win-loss: 5-5 (50%)

Best Result: Third Round (2020) – Lost to Borna Coric, 7-6(2) 4-6 6-4 5-7 6(4)-7

Third Round (2021) – Lost to Carlos Alcaraz, 3-6 6-4 6(2)-7 6-0 6(5)-7

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Matthew Johns, Tennishead Writer, is a professional tennis journalist with a specialist degree in Sports Journalism. He's a keen tennis player having represented his local club and University plus he's also a qualified tennis coach. Matthew has a deep knowledge of tennis especially the ATP Tour and thrives on breaking big tennis news stories for Tennishead.