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'I feel I am getting really close,' says Stefanos Tsitsipas ahead of Miami opportunity

Stefanos Tsitsipas after Rafael Nadal win

Stefanos Tsitsipas believes he is 'close' to winning a Masters title and Miami presents a great opportunity to break his duck. 

Tsitsipas has reached two Masters finals before - the 2018 Canadian Open and Madrid in 2019 - but he was beaten both times.

Those two defeats, though, came against Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, meaning he went into them as a big outsider.

However, this week in Miami it will be different with Nadal, Djokovic, and Roger Federer all absent from the tournament, leaving Tsitsipas the second seed behind Daniil Medvedev.

“I would be thrilled to walk away with a Masters 1000 title," he said. "The opportunity hasn’t presented itself, but I feel like I’m getting really close.

“I really want it a lot and the desire is there. It always has been. I’m always working to get better, and I think that’s what’s going to help me get to that point of winning Masters 1000 events.

"I feel also I just need more opportunities to get there.”

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Djokovic withdrew to spend more time with his family, Federer to focus on his training following double knee surgery, and both Nadal and Dominic Thiem pulled out saying they want to prepare for the clay season instead.

“It is an opportunity, I won’t lie," Stefanos Tsitsipas said ahead of the Miami Masters.

"There are plenty of good guys that aren’t in the top five that can play good tennis as well. I can see them as a threat, too.

“I don’t see myself as the favourite of the tournament. I like to enter a tournament with low expectations and build my way through.

“I have a pretty difficult draw despite all of this. I have matches that I will really have to fight hard and give my best.”

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