‘I am born a champion’: Stefanos Tsitsipas sees the positives despite Australian Open loss

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Greek tennis player, Stefanos Tsitsipas, is determined to see the positives despite his loss in the Australian Open men’s final against Novak Djokovic on Sunday night in Melbourne, Victoria.

In an interview with ATP, Tsitsipas said he was “just happy” to be in another Grand Slam final and is confident a maiden major title and No. 1 ranking are close.

“I want to max out in what I do in my profession. No. 1 is on my mind,” Tsitsipas said. “It doesn’t come easy, I know that. I got to work harder to make that happen.

“I am born a champion. I can feel it in my blood… I want to harvest that, make it bloom, make it even stronger and fonder, work hard towards those goals.”

Tsitsipas has lost to Djokovic before in his first Grand Slam final at Roland Garros in 2021 and despite falling short again on Sunday night, Tsitsipas still produced a strong performance against the Serbian.

The 24-year-old fired 40 winners and had the opportunity to win the second set, squandering one set point on the Serbian’s serve at 4-5.

While the Greek is pleased with his progress and said a player like Djokovic “pushes” him to his limits, he’s still hungry for more.

“I don’t think there’s any reason for me to be affected by today’s loss. It is a step forward. I’m looking forward to scoring more points during this season, making bigger results, fighting for bigger trophies,” Tsitsipas said.

Source: ATP Tour.

READ MORE: Marcos Baghdatis says his Australian Open success tied to Melbourne’s Greek community.

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