Stefanos Tsitsipas says Roger Federer had a unique talent for making tennis look easy and the Greek noted it's something to which not many can relate. Federer, a former 20-time Grand Slam champion, is described by many as the player whose tennis was most aesthetically pleasing in tennis history.
Following his French Open second-round win over Roberto Carballes Baena, Tsitsipas told reporters he is constantly seeking to make the game easier for himself but noted that playing effortless like Federer is something probably very few can do.
"These are some of the things that I want to focus on because it's beautiful when you can play with ease and just hit incredible winners, just come to the net, approach, win points like this, serve aces, hit incredible returns, makes tennis ecstatic, makes tennis, like, this is just so damn easy, just like Roger makes it seem sometimes in the past.
Which is not relatable to most people of how they're trying to play because it's not an easy task to do that," Tsitsipas said, per Sportskeeda.
Tsitsipas: Federer's precision is difficult to duplicate or replicate
While Federer was always pure elegance on the court and made tennis look so easy, Rafael Nadal reached the ultimate heights by being the ultimate hard worker, competitor, and overall someone who thrives when it gets tough and difficult.
Further in his press conference, Tsitsipas highlighted Nadal is the ultimate proof that you can achieve great success by putting in the hard work. However, Tsitsipas also noted that Federer's precision was so perfect that it's tough to be replicated even with enormous hours of work on the practice court.
"In that regard I want to say that having asked that question, I thought about it the other day, and I had a little bit of a read of Rafa's book of how Rafa relates to a lot of players because of he kind of shows you that anyone can do it, and I think that's a great example right there, you know.
Now, on the other instance, Federer's precision is kind of difficult to duplicate or replicate in a way," Tsitsipas said.
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