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By Chris Oddo | @TheFanChild | Friday November 12, 2021

2019 Nitto ATP Finals champion Stefanos Tsitsipas is feeling better but still not quite recovered from the shoulder injury that forced him to retire from the Paris Masters last week. The Greek, who has been drawn into the Green Group with Novak Djokovic, Andrey Rublev and Casper Ruud in Turin, says that he is still experiencing pain in his right arm.

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"In Paris the pain was unbearable so I had to quit from that game, I've never retired in a match - it was very painful for me to let the crowd down and not play that match," he said. "But, I had to, it was for my safety, my well-being, and I don't regret doing that. In the last couple of days I have been practicing with a little bit of pain but recently I'm feeling much better than when I started, five six days ago. It's heading toward the right direction and I'm doing everything possible to recover from it."


Tsitsipas owns a 55-18 record on the season with two titles, including his first Masters 1000 title at Monte-Carlo. The World No.3 is hoping to achieve his first Top-3 finish in 2021, and says he plans to continue his progress into 2021.

“Overall I'm happy with where I stand and I think I'm going to have to take an extra step and try and aim for even higher next year,” Tsitsipas said. “That will require new fresh goals and also trying to improve in my regards when it comes to becoming more professional and working to find where the one percent lies, or the five percent where I can benefit from it and I will of course have my team to help me get to that five percent that I'm looking for."

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