Marcos Baghdatis: I see a bit of Roger Federer in Stefanos Tsitsipas

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Marcos Baghdatis: I see a bit of Roger Federer in Stefanos Tsitsipas

In an interview with The Tennis Podcast, former Australian Open Finalist Baghdatis opened up about what made Stefanos Tsitsipas so special. “As a person, I think he’s a genius,” Baghdatis said. “I see a bit of Roger in him, in his game, in his mind, on the court in the way he analyses the matches.

Not a lot of players can come out of a match and analyse so well. That’s a very strong advantage that he has”. He further added, “He has a complete game. He has very small things to improve – his slice a bit and his return.

But his self-discipline and determination, he’s at the level of Djokovic for me, and at a very young age. I think he’s the only one, with Thiem, that has the mentality to keep on winning slams throughout the years”.

Baghdatis then pointed out that Tsitsipas is very passionate about the sport and takes losses very hard. “I think he needs to improve his out of the court life – (have) more friends and (be) more relaxed. He needs to have a life outside of the court because at one point it can catch (up with) you.

He doesn’t think about anything else. It’s tennis and nothing else, which is an unbelievable thing”. "It’s a quality not to have the need of other people. If you want it and you don’t have it, it’s not good. But maybe he doesn’t want it. It’s an unbelievable quality to have as a professional tennis player”.