Stefanos Tsitsipas will take the clay confidence from the Monte Carlo title and last weekend’s Barcelona final into his start at the Madrid Masters.

The Greek can also see down the road to a possible rise in the rankings to fourth should he duplicate – or better – his final here against Novak Djokovic the last time the event was played in 2019.

“The good results I’ve had recently helped me to be at the top of the Race to Turin (year-end final event). It’s important to have such a head start.

“My expectations are to come as close to my two-year (ago Madrid) result, which was in the final.

“I’m really pumped for this week and next week (Rome) as well. I feel I’m getting close. I can create opportunities and maybe get to No. 4.”

The fourth seed admitted: “It’s something that has been in my mind. I’ve
been working hard, I’ve been putting a lot of work in.

“I’m far from there yet. I have to get these matches going, produce better tennis.

“It’s a new week for meand a new week for me in Rome. These tournaments are kind of opportunities for me to pursue something better.”

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