By Richard Pagliaro | Sunday, Could 1, 2022
Situations in Madrid’s Magic Field make it essentially the most untraditional clay-court event, says Stefanos Tsitsipas.
The 2-time Monte-Carlo champion carries a 7-1 clay-court document into Madrid along with his lone loss coming to Spanish phenom Carlos Alcaraz, who additionally handed Tsitsipas his final prior loss in Miami.
Tsitsipas says timing somewhat than sliding is the final word problem in Madrid, which elicits a better bounce due to its greater elevation.
“It is totally different clay courtroom tennis,” Tsitsipas instructed the media in Madrid right now. “It would not actually really feel as a lot, as an example, would not really feel a lot of a clay courtroom event since you are dealing largely with altitude than the clay itself.
“In order that’s the final word problem that you must work on. Swings are totally different. It is rather a lot more durable to open the courtroom. You already know, you are simply coping with greater balls and heavier balls. It is extra about attempting to make that further ball within the courtroom deep and with a whole lot of precision.”
The fourth-seeded Tsitsipas will play both Karen Khachanov or French wild card Lucas Pouille in his Madrid opener. Tsitsipas is aware of methods to navigate demanding attracts in Madrid.
In 2019, Tsitsipas toppled No. 4 Alexander Zverev and No. 2 Rafael Nadal in succession to succeed in the Madrid last bowing to No. 1 Novak Djokovic.
The excellent news for Tsitsipas in his Magic Field return is location: he is on the underside of the draw whereas the top-seeded Djokovic, third-seeded Nadal and seventh-seeded Alcaraz all reside within the loaded prime half.
The fifth-ranked Greek believes he is higher geared up to deal with the highs and lows Madrid can pose.
“I’ve higher outcomes. I’ve gained extra expertise and performed extra matches,” Tsitsipas stated. “I’ve seen sure situations greater than I’ve once I first got here right here, and that’s what I’ve in my portfolio.
“It is as much as me to see if I can use that and put it to use in the very best approach.”
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