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Stefanos Tsitsipas in Tokyo. Tsitsipas did not gain a medal at the Olympics, but his international position did move up on Monday. Credit score: ITF – Intercontinental Tennis Federation / Twitter

Greek tennis star Stefanos Tsitsipas attained a vocation substantial on Monday, when he formally ranked amongst the prime three tennis players in the entire world, according to the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP).

Tsitsipas, 22, grew to become the third greatest in his sport on Monday, overtaking Spanish fantastic Rafael Nadal, who missing at a match in Washington, DC on Thursday.

Currently, Serbian participant Novak Djokovic ranks initial in the entire world, and Daniil Medvedev of Russia is second, according to the ATP rankings.

Reflecting on his new posture among tennis greats, Tsitsipas stated to ATP Tour Tuesday that it is “a huge inspiration and a quite good sign that I have performed terrific so far.”

Tsitsipas feels “blessed” for his ranking among top three

The Greek athlete pointed out that he is “blessed that I’ve place in so a lot work to make it to the leading a few, which is fairly a distinctive milestone.”

Tsitsipas broke into ATP’s leading 10 tennis gamers two decades in the past right after a effective displaying at the Dubai last, but his successes have not made the Greek tennis star cozy.

Tsitsipas is committed to increasing, nonetheless. “I wake up just about every one day with a target — to get improved. To get superior with my tennis, to get better in the sport that I selected to abide by in my daily life,” the tennis star claimed.

Athletes glow a light-weight on Greek tennis

Greek tennis stars Maria Sakkari and Stefanos Tsitsipas superior to the combined doubles quarterfinals at the Tokyo Olympics following a acquire in a doubles match versus the Canadian duo Gabriella Dabrowski and Felix Auger Aliassime.

It was an incredible gain for the pair, by the rating of 6-3 and 6-4, especially for Tsitsipas, who had just dropped a singles match to Ugo Humbert of France before in the day.

On the other hand, the Greek duo ended up not able to match Australians John Friends and Ash Barty and did not advance to the semifinals.

Tennis has hardly ever liked considerably level of popularity in Greece, which is why Tsitsipas has spoken a lot of occasions of his aim to make tennis well known in Greece, which incorporates going up in the ranks of the finest players in the environment.

He was the youngest men’s finalist at Roland Garros given that Rafael Nadal won the title in 2008, and was trying to come to be the to start with Greek to gain a Grand Slam title.

Maria Sakkari is the 1st Greek woman to surface in a semifinal of a Grand Slam.

The Greek tennis winner is acknowledged for her intense, all-court model of enjoy, centered all-around her robust provide and effective groundstrokes. Sakkari served the sixth most aces of any participant in 2020, with 144 aces served in 31 matches.