“He’s an Example” – Stefanos Tsitsipas Wishes to Be at the Same Level as Novak Djokovic

Published 08/29/2021, 4:30 PM EDT
BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 06: Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates a point in his doubles match partnered with Viktor Troicki of Serbia against Nicolas Mahut and Edouard Roger-Vasselin of France during day four of the 2020 ATP Cup Group Stage at Pat Rafter Arena on January 06, 2020 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)


Novak Djokovic is enjoying one of the best seasons in his professional career. After clinching all three Grand Slam tournaments in 2021, the Serbian arrives in New York as the top seed for the US Open.

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While the 34-year-old features among the favorites to clinch the hard court Grand Slam, a few players from the current generation could pose major threats to the World No. 1. One of them is rising Greek star Stefanos Tsitsipas, who recently became the new World No. 3.

Ahead of his opening round match against Andy Murray, the 23-year-old spoke of the Serbian’s quest to make history.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas describes ambition to win Grand Slams like Novak Djokovic

While Djokovic dominated the 2021 season so far, Tsitsipas enjoyed gains of his own. In fact, the Greek faced the Serbian in a thrilling French Open final earlier this year. Despite leading by two sets, Tsitsipas couldn’t close the match out as he lost a gruelling five-setter to the World No. 1.

Currently, Djokovic is tied with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal on 20 Grand Slam victories. However, with both Federer and Nadal missing the US Open, the 34-year-old could clinch his record-breaking 21st here in Flushing Meadows.

During a press conference earlier today, Tsitipas gave respect to Djokovic for his prowess in major tournaments. He said“Respect for him, you know. He’s an example of someone who commits himself a lot to the game, and tries to get the best possible out of it.”

Furthermore, the Greek admitted he aspires to reach those levels of success in the future. “I really wish for me to maybe one day be at that level of consistency, and be able to dominate Grand Slams at such level.

“It’s something that comes with time, and I think he has learned throughout the years how to preserve his best strengths, and kind of expose them at the right moment, at the right time.”

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Djokovic to face Danish qualifier in the first round of the US Open

While Tsitsipas faces Murray, Djokovic faces Danish qualifier Holger Rune in his opening match at the US Open.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – FEBRUARY 21: Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates a point in his Men’s Singles Final match against Daniil Medvedev of Russia during day 14 of the 2021 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on February 21, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Daniel Pockett/Getty Images)

Both players look likely to ease through to the next rounds of the tournament. While Tsitsipas plays on Monday, August 30, Djokovic will play on Tuesday, August 31.

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Sanket Nair is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. A Sports Management graduate, he is a huge fan of Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo and hopes to see Red Bull break Mercedes' dominance and win the World Championship soon. Sanket has been hooked to the sport ever since he watched the battle for the 2010 World Championship go down to the wire at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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