“Want to be Like Them” – Stefanos Tsitsipas Expresses Admiration For Nadal, Djokovic and Thiem

Published 05/30/2021, 6:34 AM EDT
LONDON, ENGLAND -: Rafael Nadal of Spain and Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece embrace at the net after their singles match during Day Six of the Nitto ATP Finals at The O2 Arena on November 15, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Linnea Rheborg/Getty Images)


World No.5 Stefanos Tsitsipas is in some superb form on clay at the moment. The Greek player recently won the Monte Carlo Masters 2021 title and also ended up as the runner-up of the Barcelona Open 2021 after losing to Rafael Nadal in the finals. It is because of this that he is one of the favorites at the French Open 2021.

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In a recent interview, Tsitsipas revealed the names of the players who he really likes to watch when they play. Interestingly, the list includes the likes of Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, and Dominic Thiem.

Winner Novak Djokovic of Serbia and runner-up Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece celebrate with the trophies after their men’s final match. Day 13 of the Dubai Duty-Free Tennis. February 29, 2020, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (Photo by Tom Dulat/Getty Images)

“It’s great for me to watch Nadal, Djokovic, and Thiem. I want to be like them,” said Tsitsipas in the interview. (Translated via Google Translate)

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The Greek star also accepted that he not only enjoys when they play but he also wants to be like them. It is quite surprising that the Roger Federer fan also has quite some liking for these legends of the sport.

Even though he gives some tough competition to these big players, he hasn’t been able to beat them consistently. Recently, he lost to Djokovic in the quarters of the Italian Open 2021.

“Have simply never seen better in the history of tennis” – Stefanos Tsitsipas on Rafael Nadal

Intriguingly, Tsitsipas lauded Rafa to a great extent in the same interview. Highlighting that he hasn’t watched a better player than Nadal in the history of the sport, he said that he respects the Spaniard a lot for exhibiting fighting spirit on the court on a daily basis.

Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates against Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia in their Men’s Singles Round of 16 matches during Day Five of the International BNL d’Italia at Foro Italico on May 16, 2019, in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

“I deeply respect what Rafa is capable of producing each time he faces me. We have simply never seen better in the history of tennis,” added the World No.5 player.

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Tsitsipas made an incredible comeback against Rafael Nadal when he defeated him after losing the first two sets at the Australian Open 2021. However, the 20-time Grand Slam champion took his revenge by beating him in the finals of the Barcelona Open this year.

Stefanos Tsitsipas will begin his French Open 2021 campaign against Jeremy Chardy today. He managed to reach the semis of the major last year and fans have huge expectations from him this year as well.

Will Tsitsipas be able to win his first Grand Slam title in Paris this time?

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Anshul Singh is a tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 500 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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