Tsitsipas: 'Federer, Nadal, Djokovic made things difficult to us in Majors'


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Tsitsipas: 'Federer, Nadal, Djokovic made things difficult to us in Majors'

Stefanos Tsitsipas was asked if he thinks that in 2020 new Grand Slam winners will come. The Greek replied: "The thing that we have Big 3 (Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic) dominating the Grand Slams last couple of years makes it really difficult for us, because someone needs to get job done, like, in order to defeat them early rounds, because once they get deep in a tournament, they tend, as we saw over the years, to play, to get better and play better, feel better.

So for me, that's a really difficult task to do for players, to be able to beat them in these Grand Slams, because it's the best-of-five format, and it just gives them more chances to stay in the match. It's not a best-of-three.

I think if things were best-of-three, it could have been much more different when it comes to Grand Slam champions over the years. So that's an issue, because they have been sharing how many Grand Slams? I don't know.

60-something? And for us, for the young guys, you know, it's all about time. I don't know. We will have to beat them or wait for them." On being Dominic Thiem's hitting partner three years ago at the Finals, Tsitsipas added: "That is unbelievable.

I just remembered, yeah. First time I met Dominic was I came here as a sparring partner, was No. 1 ranked in the juniors rankings. I got invited by the ITF to come and be a sparring partner here in the Finals. I think my first hit was with Dominic.

It's unbelievable, isn't it? We are now facing each other in the final. It's great. It's fantastic. I met him for the first time. I think that year he didn't do very well, but he kept coming every single year, which is a tremendous amount of respect from me for what he's been achieving all those years."