Coach on why Stefanos Tsitsipas could be threat to Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic at RG



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Coach on why Stefanos Tsitsipas could be threat to Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic at RG

Renowned tennis coach Patrick Mouratoglou says Stefanos Tsitsipas could pose a real threat to Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic at the French Open as the Greek sent a warning to rivals with his Monte Carlo victory. Last year, Tsitsipas won his maiden Masters title in Monte Carlo before finishing runner-up at the French Open.

This year, Tsitsipas kicked off his clay season by winning back-to-back Monte Carlo titles and it is not a secret that he will be eyeing his maiden Grand Slam title at Roland Garros. “With his huge season in 2021 on this surface, Stefanos had a lot of pressure.

It was essential for him to get a good result. He will approach the rest (of the clay season) having regained a lot of confidence. If a player wins a lot, he will arrive at Roland‐Garros being particularly dangerous. Novak is missing matches and that has handicapped him.

If Rafa arrives at Roland having fewer matches than usual, it can work, yes. There are dangerous players. Stefanos, Alcaraz…there is real competition. In a different context, with these players at the top, anything can happen," Mouratoglou told L'Equipe, as revealed on We Love Tennis.

Tsitsipas can play extremely well on clay

Tsitsipas is set to play a lot this clay season as he is set to compete at this week's Barcelona Open and then he is scheduled to play the Masters events in Madrid and Rome.

Tsitsipas, ranked at No. 5 in the world, is aiming to reach the world No. 1 this year and he feels the clay season is a great opportunity for him to gain lots of points. “I have a surface that I might be adjusting easier to than other surfaces and we know which one that is,” Tsitsipas said of his recent performance on clay.

“My goal ever since I have realised that… is if I'm able to score points [on] this surface as much as I can and really concentrate on the other surfaces a bit more, I can really pull off a great year, maybe even finishing among the two best tennis players at the end of the season”.