‘I played incredible tennis’: NextGen star in Grand Slam warning to rivals
Stefanos Tsitsipas has laid down his goals for 2019 after enjoying a stunning breakthrough last season, with the Grand Slams very much on his agenda.
The 20-year-old reached both a Masters and ATP500 final in 2018, as well as winning the NextGen Finals and being named the most improved player on tour.
He, though, is determined that this will just be the start.
“My goals for next year is to play semis in a Grand Slam, win a Masters 1000 tournament, break into the top-10 and be in the ATP Finals,” Tsitsipas told Sport360.
“Those are four of the goals I’ve set for next season. I think they’re achievable.
Tsitsipas was perhaps the breakout star in 2018, and he knows he will have to produce something special to continue his progress.
“I was aware of what was going on, but to be honest with you, I don’t know, I wouldn’t have imagined such a good season like this year.
“I played incredible tennis, I played tennis out of my comfort zone, I did things even myself I was actually surprised with.
“But it’s all because of the hard work I’ve been doing,”
“I didn’t start the year very well, I started so and so.
“I wasn’t doing that well from January until March I think.
“And then I had a great run in Barcelona, which also gave me confidence in believing in myself a little bit more.
“Things seemed to kind of change after that. I found my rhythm, I found my confidence on the court, I knew who I actually was.”
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