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By Chris Oddo | @TheFanChild | Wednesday July 14, 2021

Stefanos Tsitsipas is taking the court at the Hamburg European Open, where he was a runner-up last year, and the Greek is hoping to put his first-round loss at Wimbledon in the past as he looks forward to competing at the Olympic Games, which begin on July 24 in Tokyo.

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“I didn’t have, obviously, the best performances at Wimbledon and that is one of the main reasons I’m here,” Tsitsipas told the ATP in an interview.

In a separate interview, conducted by WTA star Andrea Petkovic, who is the tournament ambassador in Hamburg, the Greek spoke of his difficult loss to Novak Djokovic in this year’s Roland Garros final.

“Talking about that match there were a lot of physical elements that I was weaker at than Novak, and I think that was the main reason why I wasn’t able to withstand that match and play at the level that I was playing,” he said. “So for sure, there are a few things that, of course, with my team, I will have to discuss and come to a solution to be able to win my first Grand Slam.”

Tsitsipas says the loss stung and it has not been easy to get over.

“I was really close, for sure,” he said. “And it was frustrating and sad at the end, although I really didn’t show it at the locker room it was a difficult moment to reflect to. It wasn’t easy—especially when you are that close.”

The Greek, who takes on Dominik Koepfer in second-round action at Hamburg today, says he hopes that eventually he’ll be able to take the positives from that defeat so that he may move forward and reach his goal of become a Grand Slam champion.

“I try and get the best out of it, I think this particular match, most likely, I could take it as strength,” he said. “Of course you are mad. I want something different, I want a different outcome, result on the next encounter and I want to be able to show something better—that’s why I’m out on the court. If I was someone that feels comfortable with ordinary, with average, I wouldn’t be doing what I’m doing, so for me it’s always taking it to the next level.”


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