Stefanos Tsitsipas: I have a lot of respect for what Rafael Nadal did at French Open

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Stefanos Tsitsipas: I have a lot of respect for what Rafael Nadal did at French Open

Greek tennis star Stefanos Tsitsipas says he feels Rafael Nadal is the "most threatening in terms of his performance" when he says he has foot problems. At the French Open, Nadal used anaesthetic injections and anti-inflammatories for two weeks straight to be able to compete.

With his foot completely numb, Nadal was able to win a record 22nd Grand Slam at the French Open. "When he says he cannot play and he has foot problems, that's where I feel like he's the most threatening in terms of his performance.

It's actually reverse psychology in a way. I have a lot of respect for what he did at the French Open," Tsitsipas said of Nadal, per James Gray.

Tsitsipas: Amazing what Nadal has pulled off this season

Nadal missed almost the entire second half of the 2021 season due to a foot injury and he wasn't too optimistic regarding his Australian Open appearance in late 2021.

Still, Nadal went to Australia and ended up winning the Australian Open. "It kind of makes him feel like he's immortal with the things he's able to pull off. The matches, the level of intensity he's able to reach in times where it's very uncomfortable, it would be uncomfortable for most players to compete under these conditions," Tsitsipas added.

Meanwhile, Tsitsipas is determined to have his best Wimbledon this year. This past week in Mallorca, Tsitsipas defeated Roberto Bautista Agut in the final for his first grass title.

"People kind of doubted that I can play on grass. I never doubted myself. It remains one of my favourite surface that tennis has to offer. I was pretty confident about it. I like playing on grass, probably more than on clay," Tsitsipas said.

In the Wimbledon first round, Tsitsipas faces qualifier Alexander Ritschard. Tsitsipas reached the Wimbledon last-16 in 2018 but has since picked up two first round exits at the tournament.