Greek tennis star Stefanos Tsitsipas was delighted after achieving a career-high ranking of No. 3 in the world and his next goal is to become world No. 1.
Last Monday, Tsitsipas surpassed Rafael Nadal at No. 3 on the ATP rankings list.
“No. 3 is a number that is very significant and it holds a big importance,” Tsitsipas said, per the ATP website. “You don’t get many exciting moments like this in your career. I saw it come out, and I felt overwhelmed by it. It was a great feeling. It adds some value to yourself for the efforts that you have put in to get there.
“It kind of pushes me so much to sustain that, to want to go the extra mile in the next tournaments, and that was my initial goal from the beginning of the year, to make it into the top three. Now the second phase of that goal is to remain there.
“The rankings are there for a reason. They signify something important. I think that the very next step would be the No. 1 spot, which I hope I can get to one day.”
Tsitsipas aims a deep Cincinnati Masters run
Tsitsipas, seeded at No. 2, has a first round bye in Cincinnati and he plays in the second round the winner of the match between Sebastian Korda and Laslo Djere.
“My top priority is getting far into the tournament, playing good tennis,” Tsitsipas said. “I have said it, I’m not aiming for titles. I’m not aiming to go and win every single one of them. I want to get to the stage of a tournament where I’m able to get a lot of points.
“I am aiming for the big points. I know that most of the big points are [from the] semi-finals onwards. That’s where you get the most amount of points, and I want to be aiming for that. If I reach the very first goal of it, I’m not going [to] stop. I’m still going to continue doing the things that I have been doing well from that point onwards.”