Tsitsipas: 'You have to beat two players when you face Rafael Nadal'


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Tsitsipas: 'You have to beat two players when you face Rafael Nadal'

In an interview to The Times during Wimbledon, Stefanos Tsitsipas was asked to describe the best strengths of some of the best players in the world. The Greek player, speaking of Rafael Nadal, said: "Best forehand, best mentality, best fighting spirit.

One of the toughest on Tour - you have to beat two players, not just one when you play him." On Novak Djokovic, the 20-year-old added: "His forehand is good, his backhand is something else, one of the best I've ever seen.

His control and accuracy on groundstrokes are incredible." Tsitsipas also praised Dominic Thiem: "With such intensity and speed, he's like a right-handed copy of Nadal. One-handed backhand is good, forehand is unbelievable, the danger shot."

He spoke highly of Alexander Zverev: "His serve is ultra-fast and uncomfortable to return but he can be vulnerable if he misses the first serve. One of the best backhands in the world." On Nick Kyrgios, he said: "One of the most talented players of all.

I feel he can serve aces whenever he likes. If he wanted success as badly as the others, he could already be in the top three." Tsitsipas finally spoke about his path on the ATP Tour: "Tennis has taught me self awareness, discipline, behaviour, morality, respect, sportsmanship and decision-making.

I owe everything to this game, a game in which I have grown, learnt and failed most of the time. Tennis represents me and everything I have. Tennis is my life," he concluded.