Tsitsipas: 'Next Gen stars are not as experienced as Roger Federer, Nadal, Djokovic'



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Tsitsipas: 'Next Gen stars are not as experienced as Roger Federer, Nadal, Djokovic'

In the Grand Slam tournaments, Stefanos Tsitsipas reached the semifinal at the Australian Open 2019, thanks to which he became the Greek tennis player to have obtained the best result in a professional major. He has won five ATP titles (including the 2019 Nitto ATP Finals, in his first participation), the only Greek player to have made this feat in the Open era, reaching eleven finals.

In 2018 it was also awarded the Next Generation ATP Finals. He is the youngest player to have beaten four top ten consecutively in the same tournament since 1990, the year of the establishment of the ATP Tour.

Tsitsipas on the Big 3

In a recent interview, Stefanos Tsitsipas explained that the young players are not as experienced as Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic.

“I feel it’s going to come if you wait, you don’t have to ask the same question every single time. For sure the Big Three are still doing a great job staying where they are and being so committed to what they do,” Tsitsipas told Tennis Majors.

“I won’t lie, they are very difficult to beat and they still play the same level, maybe not even the same but even better tennis than what they played five or six or seven or eight years ago,” he added. “They are always improving, they are always learning, they are much much more experienced than us, maybe physically they are not the same because of course their age is getting more away with time than our age because we are still very young for tennis standards,” the Greek concluded.

Tsitsipas is regarded as having an all-court game. His favorite surface is grass and Wimbledon is his favorite tournament. Tsitsipas also excels on clay, having grown up playing on that surface in Greece. He has said, "I feel very confident when I step on the dirt.

I always show my best tennis on this surface." Tsitsipas has also done well on hard courts, reaching a Masters final and an Australian Open semifinal. Former British No. 1 players Greg Rusedski and Annabel Croft have both praised Tsitsipas's on-court demeanor in conjunction with his style of play.

Rusedski in particular has said that "[Tsitsipas] reminds me a little bit of Björn Borg. He does all the right things, he is spectacular as a tennis player and was just sensational with the way he was so calm and composed and he didn't blink when it came to the crunch. He has the competitive nature of Andy Murray, but he also has a calmness which reminds me of Roger Federer."