“More Aggressive Than Nadal and Federer’s” 7-Time Grand Slam Champion Appreciates Stefanos Tsitsipas’ Forehand at French Open 2021

Published 06/08/2021, 12:00 PM EDT
Stefanos Tsitsipas (left) and Roger Federer after the Men’s Singles semi-final match on day seven of the Nitto ATP Finals at The O2 Arena, London. (Photo by John Walton/PA Images via Getty Images)


The men’s game still continues to be dominated by the big three. However, the likes of Stefanos Tsitsipas, Daniil Medvedev, and Alexander Zverev have begun knocking on the door. These athletes are getting stronger and better with each passing day. 

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Recently, legendary former player Mats Wilander emphasized the talent of Stefanos Tsitsipas. The Swede finds the Greek star’s forehand to be more aggressive than that of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal’s. In fact, he went on and stated that Stefanos is a much more aggressive clay court player than even the great John McEnroe. 

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)

The 56-year-old great revealed, “Tsitsipas is the most aggressive player I’ve seen on clay since the great McEnroe in 1984. His forehand is more aggressive than Nadal and Federer’s. He’s an incredible athlete, tough and fast. He has the best. circuit physics.”

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Stefanos Tsitsipas is in good company

Over the years, Federer and Nadal have given fans immense joy and the high-quality tennis displayed by the two has contributed to their popularity. McEnroe has left his mark on the game and his success has earned him legendary status. In that sense, it is a privilege for Stefanos to be mentioned in the same bracket amongst these huge names.

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As for Wilander, the Swede won seven Grand Slam titles during his illustrious career. He held the top spot in rankings and also won a doubles Grand Slam title. At the age of 20 years, he was the proud winner of four Grand Slam titles!

PARIS, FRANCE – JUNE 07: Rafael Nadal of Spain and Roger Federer of Switzerland embrace at the net after their men’s singles semi-final match during Day Thirteen of the 2019 French Open at Roland Garros on June 07, 2019, in Paris, France. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

At the moment, Stefanos is competing at the French Open 2021. He is scheduled to play the quarterfinal match against rival Daniil Medvedev tonight. He is in top form and the match will be of the highest quality. It will be interesting to see if the Greek star can cross this hurdle and book a spot in the semifinal.

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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