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Stefanos Tsitsipas 'sees opportunities on grass' ahead of Wimbledon

Stefanos Tsitsipas 'sees opportunities on grass' ahead of Wimbledon
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Stefanos Tsitsipas has won only three matches in his three visits to the All England club.

With Rafael Nadal absent and concerns over the form and fitness of Roger Federer, the hunt is on for someone to challenge Novak Djokovic's seemingly inevitable march towards a 20th grand slam title.

It says a lot about the paucity of competition for world number one Djokovic that the third seed, Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece, has won only three matches in his three visits to the All England club.

But the 22-year-old did lead Djokovic by two sets before falling to defeat in this month's French Open final, and he insisted: "I'm looking forward to the grasscourt season.

"I see opportunities there for me. I like the grass. I like playing on grass. I didn't have the best results few years ago, before Covid, when I last played on grass.

Tsitsipas fell just short in Paris
Tsitsipas fell just short in Paris (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

"I'm going to try and adapt my game to this surface. I think I have the game to play good on grass, too. I just need to be open-minded and adapt my game to this surface."

Russian world number seven Andrey Rublev has won an incredible 33 matches this year and reached the final at Halle last week to underline his grasscourt credentials.

Meanwhile, Matteo Berrettini's victory at Queen's Club will mark him out as another major threat.

The 25-year-old Italian, ranked ninth in the world, became the first debutant to triumph at Queen's since Boris Becker in 1985. Becker, of course, went on to win Wimbledon a couple of weeks later.

Berrettini reached the second week of the Championships two years ago where he was beaten comprehensively in the last 16 by Federer.

He said: "I had the chance to play Roger on Centre, it was my dream as a kid and I really enjoyed it, despite losing. I saw my idol over the net and I was overwhelmed.

"But that match really helped me in the next few slams. Now I have a lot of confidence, I know I'm playing well, I'm pushing myself in these conditions, I'm happy with my mindset and I know I can play good in Wimbledon.

"All the players have extra motivation going into a slam but I couldn't think of anything better than this going into Wimbledon."

With Naomi Osaka having withdrawn and doubts lingering over the fitness of Ashleigh Barty and Simona Halep, the women's draw is one for the pinstickers, as evidenced by the appearance of four first-time semi-finalists at Roland Garros.

There will be high hopes for Polish teenager Iga Swiatek, last year's French Open champion, but even she admitted: "I don't know if I even remember how to play on grass.

"I'm not putting any expectations or any pressure on me because really I just want to learn how to play on it. Probably I'm going to say that for few more years."

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Sunday's key events


GOLF
· The men's golf reaches its conclusion, with plenty of players still in medal contention. Home favourite Hideki Matsuyama is one shot off Xander Schauffele's lead, while Great Britain's Paul Casey is another shot further back and Tommy Fleetwood is also in the mix (11.30pm-8am)

CYCLING - BMX
· Great Britain have already made history in the BMX events in Tokyo, something Charlotte Worthington and Declan Brooks will be looking to add to in the women's (2.10am) and men's (3.10am) freestyle finals

SWIMMING
· The final day of swimming action begins with the men's 50m freestyle final. Ben Proud could add to a medal-laden Games in the pool for Team GB so far, although he is up against USA's Caeleb Dressel, who is going for his fourth gold in Tokyo (2.30am)
· From sprint to endurance, Great Britain's second medal hope of the day comes through Daniel Jervis in the men's 1500m freestyle final (2.44am)
· Team GB will again be among the heavy favourites for gold in the last swimming event of the Games - the men's 4x100m medley relay final - having won the mixed event in a world record time on Saturday (3.36am)

BOXING
· Already guaranteed at least a bronze, Pat McCormack takes part in the men's welterweight semi-final against Ireland's Aidan Walsh with a spot in the gold medal final at stake (4.03am)
· Ben Whittaker is also in the semi-finals of the men's light heavyweight and will be looking to continue Team GB's success in the ring (4.51am)

TENNIS
· There will be a surprise on the top of the men's tennis podium after Novak Djokovic missed out on a medal altogether. Alexander Zverev takes on Karen Khachanov in the second match on Centre Court at the Ariake Tennis Park (7am-2pm)

SAILING
· Alison Young will be going for gold in the women's laser radial medal race (7.33am)

ARTISTIC GYMNASTICS
· Team GB's Max Whitlock will look to defend his 2016 Olympic title in the men's pommel horse final (10.41am)

ATHLETICS
· The men's high jump final includes GB's Tom Gale, although his chances of a medal look bleak (11.10am)
· So often the blue-riband event of the Olympics, the men's 100m final takes place as the world's fastest bid to be crowned Usain Bolt's successor. Three Brits have made it into the semi-finals (11.15am-11.32am), and the final looks wide open after an underwhelming display by favourite Trayvon Bromell on Saturday (1.50pm)

HOCKEY
· Great Britain face India in the men's quarter-final (1pm)

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