Tsitsipas: 'Spending time with Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal opened my mind'



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Tsitsipas: 'Spending time with Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal opened my mind'

Stefanos Tsitsipas felt honored for getting advised by Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal during the Laver Cup in Geneva. The Greek partnered up with both players in doubles matches. "I have to say that that kind of opened my mind a little bit, having all these great human beings in my team, trying to know them a little bit better", said the Athens native.

"The chemistry is great. We are actually feeling each other really well. Doubles was pretty good today, despite the loss. I really felt connected with Rafa. I felt that we both fought hard and really wanted to get away with a victory.

Didn't happen. They played pretty well. They got a little bit lucky. I actually enjoy every single day going out on the court, having all of them support me, having me support them. I feel like it's different eye, different view of this sport we are used to playing individually.

It kind of gives it a new perspective and a fresh, kind of like an evolution, I will call it." Nadal said: "For me personally, actually is better to play back to back than wait for 90 minutes. For the body in general is better to keep going than stop and cool down and then try to warm up again the body, because sometimes it's not warming up anymore (smiling).

That's it. I really have fun playing this competition. It's a lot of energy. Is true that I think we played a good doubles. For me was a little bit hard because honestly I don't remember the last day, last time that I played doubles (smiling).

Because of the tour, because of my personal goals, because of my body, I am not allowed to play many times in doubles, so I just try to be ready. When I have the chance to play doubles, I really enjoy a lot to play doubles.

And with Stefanos was a great experience, was a lot of positive energy out there. We had some fun. We created some good moments and we were close."