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Stefanos Tsitsipas US Open 2021

‘Stefanos Tsitsipas will be a Grand Slam champion’, insists top analyst

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A former world number one is “not worried” about Stefanos Tsitsipas, despite the Greek’s early exit from the 2021 US Open.

Seven-time Grand Slam winner and Eurosport expert Mats Wilander remains confident Tsitsipas will be a major champion “one day”.

World number three Tsitsipas was ousted in a fifth-set tiebreak by 18-year-old Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz in the third round at Flushing Meadows.

The 23-year-old has never made it past the third round of the US Open in his four main draw appearances in New York.

“Well first of all, he (Tsitsipas) goes to the bathroom much quicker in that match yesterday against Alcaraz. He was out there in the bathroom for maybe three minutes, and then he came back and won the fourth set of course 6-0,” the Swede told Eurosport.

“I think Stefanos Tsitsipas, the positive thing about him to me is that he’s always involved in these unbelievably good, close matches. [Against] Roger Federer at the Australian Open a couple of years ago was the best match of the tournament.

“Against Rafa Nadal in the Australian Open this year was maybe the best match of the tournament. And then of course, the French Open final this year against Novak Djokovic.

“So, I think that’s what Tsitsipas brings to the table – passion, a great spirit, very smart, very physical. I mean, it’s a match made in heaven. Whoever he plays against, it’s always a great match.

“I’m not worried about Stefanos Tsitsipas – he’s going to be a Grand Slam champion one day, and he deserves to be number three in the world at the moment.”

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