Stefanos Tsitsipas' words before the Australian Open final

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Stefanos Tsitsipas' words before the Australian Open final

Stefanos Tsitsipas is the first finalist of these Australian Open 2023. It took the Greek tennis player three and a half hours to beat Karen Khachanov in the first semifinal staged at the Rod Laver Arena: four sets and a result of 7-6, 6-4, 6-7, 6-3 in his favor.

He said in the press conference: "For now all I have to say is that this is an opportunity that I will humbly take. Being in the final here means a lot. Having started here in the junior tournament it is important to go back to where I took my very first steps which I took on the tennis court.

I will take this opportunity and get ready for this big day. I am playing excellent tennis. I don't see any downside or negativity in what I am trying to do on the court. I am very optimistic and positive about any result, any opponent I have to face.

It's possible that things don't go as I would like, but I'll give 110%."

The challenge with Djokovic

For Stefanos Tsitsipas, who like Novak Djokovic does not remember the final at the French Open (I don't remember it either, no!

He joked at the press conference - ed.) the final at Melbourne Park is an all-in: if he wins the title he will become the number one in the world. On this possibility, Tsitsipas fishes in childhood memories and dreams: "As a child I told myself that I too wanted to be there one day.

Like those who preceded me, I want to recreate that feeling. I knew it was going to be a long journey to get there. There are a few steps you need to take to give yourself a chance to compete for something like this. But I believed it a lot.

I believed it very much. First of all, it's my ego talking. Either you have it or you don't, you know? As a child I was very confident. I was number 1 as a junior. Now I want to become number one in men's professional tennis too, yes."

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