Throughout the year I have felt there has been an intensity and a bigger focus from Stefanos Tsitsipas during matches, I do think at times the intensity level has cost him and he hasn’t relaxed at times but has still been in fine form.
Something that has stood out during this season and during his run on the clay courts the last few weeks has been his forehand, at times it was unstoppable.
The way he has conducted himself on court and behind the forehand has been exceptional whether it was in Melbourne, Monte-Carlo or Barcelona.
Against Andrey Rublev in the first set of the Monte-Carlo final the Greek hit 35 forehands and 29 of them were winners in a phenomenal display en-route to winning his first Masters 1000 event.
The spray on the forehand made it near to impossible for Rublev to get close to it or even make a guess. We know he likes to hit this inside-out flat forehand cross-court but that loopy forehand hooked up the line has been a menace for opponents to.
I said a while back once his forehand, backhand and net play clicks he will be one hell of a player, he already is but the level he has been showing has been exceptional.
He keeps you on the edge of your seat, you cannot turn away and his game has flair but also the tidiest of shots can be the most satisfying to watch. The serve working and his success at the net is key to his recent success and previous success.
This year he has been in fantastic form, the forehand has been key to what he achieved in Monte-Carlo and in Barcelona, defeat at the latter will hurt but he played phenomenal tennis once again this year.
He is setting the trend at the moment and I would love to see another exceptional run in Madrid this next week.