By Richard Pagliaro | Monday, Might 9, 2022
Stefanos Tsitsipas resides one spot forward of Carlos Alcaraz within the rankings.
The fifth-ranked Greek says he appears as much as the 19-year-old Spanish phenom’s full sport.
A day after Alcaraz crushed world No. 3 Alexander Zverev 6-3, 6-1 to seize his maiden Madrid Masters crown and fourth title of the 12 months, Tsitsipas praised the Miami Open champion as a really perfect participant.
“His tennis could be very spectacular,” Tsitsipas mentioned of Alcaraz in his Rome presser. “I feel he places a variety of vitality into each single shot. He’s fast. He has a superb response time. He reads the sport properly.
“He evokes me quite a bit. I actually need to be like him. I look as much as him.”
Roland Garros runner-up Tsitsipas obtained a superb take a look at how harmful Alcaraz is on the US Open final September.
Using his crackling topspin forehand and an audacious drop shot, Alcaraz shocked the third-seeded Tsitsipas 6-3, 4-6, 7-6(2), 0-6, 7-6(5) in a coming-of-age US Open third-round conquest. The 18-year-old Spaniard made historical past because the youngest man to defeat a Prime-3 US Open seed since 1973—and the youngest man to succeed in the spherical of 16 in Flushing Meadows since a 17-year-old Michael Chang and 18-year-old Pete Sampras did it again in 1989.
Alcaraz has backed up that outcome with wins over Tsitsipas in Miami and Barcelona this season, constructing a 28-3 report.
The 23-year-old Tsitsipas says Alcaraz is enjoying with a freedom and aptitude that reminds him of his youthful self, and asserts event titles will likely be a lot tougher to come back by now.
“You may see he is very hungry. He performs very contemporary and hungry, like has nothing to lose,” Tsitsipas mentioned of Alcaraz. “It sort of jogs my memory of my early days once I was launched to the ATP Tour. I did not actually know what to anticipate alongside the best way. I used to be simply enjoying carelessly, utterly free-spirited. It is a good factor to see.
“However, after all, with that comes a variety of duty and you’ve got to have the ability to handle that properly. I am certain he’ll. I see no cause he is not going to.
“However with him in a lot of the attracts, the lineup is getting even more durable. I’ll for certain need to work tougher to get the outcomes that I ever needed.”
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