Stefanos Tsitsipas once hit with Andy Murray at the Mouratoglou Academy, and after his loss to Roger Federer at the Australian Open he recalled in a deep way his experience with the Brit, who may have retired from professional tennis.
"I have practiced with him three or four times in the past", said Tsitsipas. "That was many years ago. That was two years ago. I don't know if that's considered 'many' I did practice with him. He got invited to the Mouratoglou Tennis Academy, my training base.
We had a couple of hits with him during that week. I learned a lot. I learned that you need to be a hard worker to make it big because he did stay in the court during all of our practice sessions more than three hours. He would work on many things.
That was inspiring to see. The way he worked, the way he developed as a player, even though at that time he was top five, if I'm not wrong. That definitely helped me a little bit to understand, to get a better taste and understanding of what's going on in that level of tennis.
I think for sure it had an impact on me." Pat Cash: 'Amazing! Tsitsipas defeats the great Federer in a huge upset. Brilliant performance from Stefanos. Smart tennis, confident attitude, and a great fighting spirit.'