In a recent interview reported by Tennis Major, Stefanos Tsitsipas revealed: "Baghdatis was my favorite player" Of course, however, it should be noted that the Cypriot is in second place, given the great admiration that the Greek has always had for Roger Federer.
Stefanos Tsitsipas is the first Greek player to be permanently in the top 10 and most likely able to win the first slam in the history of his country. During his childhood, Stefanos’s role models were not many among his compatriots.
This is why he has never hidden his admiration for Roger Federer and for another great of the past, the Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis: “I remember that as a child, like everyone else, I had idols, tennis players that I wanted to emulate in every way.
Unfortunately, in a country like Greece, we didn't have big top players. We had Konstantinos Economidis, who I cheered on when I was a kid, but we never had any players in the top 100 or top 50. In short, someone who could achieve good results in the slams and promote this sport in Greece.
There was, however, Marcos Baghdatis who I have always cheered on and he was my favorite player. I loved the way he played. In front of him I only put Federer, whom I have studied and tried to emulate over the years. I always dreamed that Greece also had a player at the top of the world, someone who could take them to the top.
I wanted to tell the world that Greece could also have good players. So, I started shooting and trying to make the Greeks proud of my matches and my results. It was priceless to be able to do well for me and my country."
Meanwhile, former Wimbledon champion Richard Krajicek recently spoke to Tennis Magazin about Roger Federer's serve, which is an important part of the Swiss' arsenal. Krajicek, who himself had one of the best serves in the world when he was active, claimed that what makes Federer's serve so special is its unpredictability.
Krajicek praises Roger Federer
Richard Krajicek recalled his experience of returning Roger Federer's serve during his playing days, at the 2000 Vienna Open and 2002 Ordina Open. Krajicek lost both his matches against the Swiss maestro in straightforward fashion.
"I played against him twice before," Krajicek said. "He wasn't that good at that time, but still won both times! Roger doesn't have the hardest serve. But his precision makes his serve the best in the world.
He hits a lot of aces. If he had a break point against him two or three years ago or it was under pressure, then his serve almost always came in the center," the Dutchman added. "You can no longer rely on that. In the meantime, he also plays more risk-taking, mixing up the variants more."
At the end of the interview, Richard Krajicek was asked which ATP player had a lot of untapped potential on their serve. The Dutchman named Dominic Thiem, particularly for his famed kick serve. "I think Dominic Thiem is really good," Krajicek said. "His kick serve is particularly strong. In my opinion, he has the best serve of the not-so-tall players."