Toni Nadal to Stefanos Tsitsipas: Beat Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon, not Rafael Nadal

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Toni Nadal to Stefanos Tsitsipas: Beat Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon, not Rafael Nadal

Toni Nadal congratulated Stefanos Tsitsipas on winning his first grass title just before Wimbledon and jokingly expressed his hope that the Greek won't beat his nephew Rafael Nadal at The Championships. On Saturday, Tsitsipas edged out Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut in the Mallorca final 6-4 3-6 7-6 (2).

Uncle Toni, who now works with Felix Auger-Aliassime, also serves as the tournament director in Mallorca. During the on-court trophy presentation, Uncle Toni congratulated Tsitsipas in a bit funny way as he asked Tsitsipas not to beat Nadal but asked him to try to beat Novak Djokovic if he gets a chance.

"Congratulations Stefanos, you play very well on this surface. I am sure you are one of the favorites for Wimbledon. I hope you don't beat Rafael [Nadal] or Felix [Auger-Aliassime]. But try to beat Djokovic," Uncle Toni said to Tsitsipas with a smile.

Tsitsipas on winning Mallorca

In Mallorca, Tsitsipas proved that he can play well on grass and win matches. “It looks like I’m playing longer matches on grass than I do on clay," joked Tsitsipas in his on-court interview.

"This was an incredible fight and an incredible battle. I know it can be difficult for one person to deal with the loss, but I think for tennis it is great that we are able to play at this high level and show our sport [at its limits]”.

Now, Tsitsipas has set his eyes on making his first strong run at The All England Club. Tsitsipas, who suffered first round defeats in his last two Wimbledon campaigns, underlined that he is not lacking any confidence going into Wimbledon.

"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.

It would be a big shock if Tsitsipas somehow picked up his third consecutive first round exit at Wimbledon since he plays qualifier Alexander Ritschard in the first round.