'I consider myself a fighter but Rafael Nadal’s completely...', says ATP ace

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'I consider myself a fighter but Rafael Nadal’s completely...', says ATP ace

Perhaps Stefanos Tsitsipas also has too many passions that distract him from tennis, for sure, by far, he is the most multifaceted and intriguing star on the scene. He presented himself in 2017 at the Next Gen Finals in Milan as a journalist-interviewer, when he went crazy with his portable video camera framing colleagues and the public, balls and rackets, always witty and with a smile printed on his nice female-catcher face: "The world media has always attracted me a lot ”.

He continued as an increasingly credible protagonist on the spotlight of the ATP Tour, showing himself now as he paddles on a river, now while climbing a mountain or shoe on a bumpy path, now a holiday version on an exotic beach, now a juggler, now a carefree boy having a drink with friends now a wild frequenter of social networks.

With those lively eyes and the sophisticated casual look, the 22-year-old Greek immediately gives the idea of ​​an extremely thinking person, fought by many different ideas and interests, off the pitch, as well as inside he always gives the impression of having too many options and often of choosing.

the wrong one, maybe even just in time. Stefanos Tsitsipas has earmarked beating Rafael Nadal at Roland Garros as one of his goals for the upcoming 2021 season. But in a recent interview with the Roland Garros website, Stefanos Tsitsipas expressed hope of beating the 'incomparable' Nadal in Paris.

Tsitsipas on beating Rafael Nadal at Roland Garros

"A really good goal would be maybe to beat Rafael Nadal on clay, or at Roland Garros, that would be a really nice goal," Stefanos Tsitsipas said. "He’s such a difficult player to play against, very difficult, very consistent, incredible fighting spirit.

I consider myself a fighter but he’s completely next level, incomparable. That would be a realistic, I hope, goal, not too much to ask." Tsitsipas also gave an insight into what makes the Spanish legend so difficult to beat.

The Greek pointed out that Nadal's heavy topspin is a significant weapon, which combined with his anticipation, agility and fight make him a truly formidable opponent. "They don’t call Rafael Nadal the most difficult player to beat accidentally, there is something behind it," Tsitsipas stated.

"For me personally, he has a very heavy ball and he is just anticipating very well, very good movement on the court as well. He spins, his agility on the court is very impressive and the way he fights, he’s just never going to give up, that makes him very very difficult."

But while most players on the tour are solely focused on their tennis careers, Stefanos Tsitsipas has a wide variety of interests outside the sport. And the Greek hopes to exert his influence beyond the court in the coming years as well.

"I want to expand, I want to do greater things, not just in the field of tennis, but also outside of it," Tsitsipas said. "And through music, through vlogging, through photography, through building a company, stuff like that… it allows for connecting people, it allows for ideas to be shared.

I see it as something so positive, so bright for humanity, for human beings, to just be able to create a space or a place that will allow for humanitarian development as well," he added.