Stefanos Tsitsipas in a relaxed state of mind as he rediscovers his love for the game after ‘roller coasters’

Stefanos Tsitsipas in action

Stefanos Tsitsipas believes he has undergone “a big transformation” in recent few weeks following several ups and downs over the last couple of months.

The Greek had high hopes heading into the US Open as he finished runner-up at the Cincinnati Masters in the lead-up to the final Grand Slam of the year.

However, he crashed out in the first round as he lost in four sets against Colombian Daniel Galan and a fortnight later he took part in the Laver Cup where emotions were running high as it was Roger Federer’s farewell tournament.

Tsitsipas played two matches, winning his opener against Diego Schwartzman before losing against Frances Tiafoe on the final day with the defeat ending Team Europe’s hopes of winning the title.

The Greek, though, bounced back with a run to the final of the Astana Open, but he finished runner-up to Novak Djokovic as the 21-time Grand Slam winner won in straight sets.

Tsitsipas is in Sweden this week for the Stockholm Open and he opened up about a mental shift the past few weeks.

“I would call them emotional roller coasters. Starting off with the US Open, which was probably one of the worst performances so far of my career. That particular match. I didn’t feel like myself at all on the court that day,” he told Sweden’s SVT.

“The last couple of weeks have been great, it’s been a big transformation in terms of my psychological state. In terms of my love for the game as well.

“I’ve been much more in love with what I do. I feel much more connected with it, I feel much more happy to be out there on court and working every single day which is extremely important for me because this is what I do for a living. I really like the state of mind that I am at currently.”

The 24-year-old has won two titles this year – the Monte Carlo Masters in April and the Mallorca Championships in June – but for most the season he has not been at his best.

The Greek is hoping to rediscover some of the “past values” that brought him success.

“I see more of myself, how I played the game three or four years ago, in a much more relaxed state,” he said.

“That you can’t probably see on the TV, but I feel this way myself. Whether win or lose, you feel that you are on the right track, you are doing things you are supposed to do.

“[Sometimes] you also lose track of things. Sometimes when you are trying to upgrade your game and bring your game higher, you kind of get stuck on those ideas and forget about the past values or things that brought you up there.

It’s important to memorise and remember those things and not let them go. What I have been focusing on in the last few weeks is regenerating that looseness and spontaneity in my game, which I feel I have lost in the last couple of years and something that I definitely had when I first started.”

Top seed Tsitsipas will face Maxime Cressy from the United States in the second round in Stockholm on Wednesday.

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