Stefanos Tsitsipas put Greece 2-0 up in their World Group 1 first qualifying round match against Ecuador. The finalist of the last Australian Open took longer than expected to take control of the match, but he still defeated Álvaro Guillén Meza by a score of 7-5, 6-2.
Tsitsipas has never hidden his big ambitions, confessing after the match: «I have nothing to prove to anyone. I know what I can do on the pitch, everyone knows that. The playing conditions were difficult today, I’m not used to it.» .
to play games like this. I think this also complicates the rival’s plans, but I found the right path and won. I have many dreams, one of them is to win the gold medal. In addition to winning the Davis Cup with Greece, winning all the Slams and becoming number one in the world,» the Greek explained to Sport 24.
Tsitsipas came close to his first Grand Slam success at the Australian Open, where he reached his second Major final. As it happened in 2021 at Roland Garros, also in Australia, it was Novak Djokovic who postponed the dream of the Greek.
«I want to create a more aggressive backhand. I’m in a good phase. I have room for improvement. I think right now I’m not good with this shot, I take advantage of it at 5 or 10 percent. I have to work to get as far as possible However , if I compare my game with 3-4 years ago, it has changed a lot.
Presence of the public in the stands? There is interest and I think we will break more records. I think it can quadruple what we have achieved today. Winning a Slam in singles, even with Maria Sakkari, would allow us to fill a stadium like the Maracana.
It’s something we had the opportunity to see a few years ago in Mexico with Roger Federer and Alexander Zverev. It’s a little hard to get to those numbers, but it would be a good start to get to the middle.» Stefanos Tsitsipas is coming off his second Grand Slam final at the Australian Open, where he lost to Novak Djokovic.
Tsitsipas helped Greece
Stefanos Tsitsipas praised the «passion and energy» of the record audience during Greece’s Davis Cup tie against Ecuador. «We are deeply humbled by the unwavering support of the record-breaking 12,400 Greeks who attended the Davis Cup tie against Ecuador.
To have played in front of such a huge and enthusiastic crowd, who came together to write history, is a truly unforgettable experience,» he wrote. «The passion and energy of this magnificent gathering was felt on and off the pitch, and it is a moment of pride for all Greeks,» Tsitsipas said.
«We are honored to have been a part of this historic moment and to have represented the colors of blue and white with distinction. Thank you, Grecia, for making this a day we will always cherish.»