‘Unique Greek’: NBA Legend Compares Stefanos Tsitsipas to Giannis Antetokounmpo

Published 02/18/2021, 4:30 AM EST
Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 11, 2021 Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas celebrates after winning his second round match against Australia’s Thanasi Kokkinakis REUTERS/Loren Elliott


The Australian Open 2021 is witnessing plenty of action unfold with each passing day, and we recently watched Stefanos Tsitsipas outclass Rafael Nadal in a grueling five-setter in the quarterfinals. It was an unbelievable match from the Greek player, and his comeback has got a former two-time NBA champion making massive comparisons about Tsitsipas.

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Tennis is a demanding sport, and Stefanos Tsitsipas proved he had the durability when Nadal posed a massive challenge. Not many predicted the 22-year-old to pull off the comeback after dropping the first two sets, and former Los Angeles Lakers player Mychal Thompson had massive praise for Tsitsipas. 

Mychal was overwhelmed with Tsitsipas’ win and immediately crowned him as one of Greece’s best athletes ever. Furthermore, he compared Tsitsipas with his compatriot and two-time NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo and attributed the nickname ‘Unique Greek’ to the former for his spectacular talent. 

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Mychal Thompson is the father of current Golden State Warriors player Klay Thompson, who is a five-time NBA All-Star and a three-time champion as well. 

Stefanos Tsitsipas is highly anticipating his clash against Daniil Medvedev

Stefanos Tsitsipas will take on Daniil Medvedev in the men’s singles’ second semi-final at the Australian Open 2021. It is a mouth-watering clash indeed considering these two athletes are strong workhorses. 

Two of the most resilient players on the tour will clash, but there will be only one winner. One can expect high-intensity drama when these two play each other in the semis as there’s a brief history of bad blood between these two

Tsitsipas had once commented that Daniil Medvedev had a boring style of game, but that thought no longer exists. Here’s what the Greek player said about his Russian opponent ahead of their match

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“He [Medvedev] just plays extremely smart and outplays you. He’s somebody I really need to be careful with and just take my chances and press. That would be very important.”

Tennis – ATP Cup – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 6, 2021, Russia’s Daniil Medvedev in action during his semi-final match against Germany’s Alexander Zverev REUTERS/Kelly Defina

Daniil Medvedev has the upper hand going into this match due to his head-to-head record against Stefanos Tsitsipas. Medvedev leads 5-1 but Tsitsipas holds the recognition of having claimed victory in their most recent meeting. Who are you backing at Australian Open 2021

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Arjun Athreya

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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at Essentially Sports and has been contributing since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from Madras Christian College. Arjun manages the Golf division and its content, and primarily covers news pertaining to the NBA as well.

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