Renowned tennis coach Patrick Mouratoglou absolutely believes that Stefanos Tsitsipas has the potential to win Grand Slams and become a No. 1. Tsitsipas, who is enjoying a career-high ranking of No. 3 in the world, fell just short of winning his maiden Grand Slam title at the French Open.
Back then, Tsitsipas was up by two sets before world No. 1 Novak Djokovic stormed back to win in five sets. At this past US Open, Daniil Medvedev dethroned Novak Djokovic to win his maiden Grand Slam title. "Tsitsipas is one of those who can do it.
He can win Grand Slam tournaments and become world number 1. He's got the motivation, he's got what it takes in the racket. But there are others like Medvedev, Zverev. I think these three are the closest but there are still some behind.
On the other hand, I think this generation is under enormous pressure because in the past Roger, Rafa and Novak were so over the top that there was ultimately no suspense, see possibilities. Now we can say it's different, there are openings," Mouratoglou said, per We Love Tennis.
Mouratoglou defended Tsitsipas
After the fourth set of his US Open first round match against Andy Murray, Tsitsipas took a seven-minute long bathroom break and the Briton was irate. After losing the match, Murray accused Tsitsipas of unsportsmanlike behavior and said he lost respect for the Greek.
"When he lost his Roland Garros final he was two sets to love up. Djokovic took a toilet break, came back and then it was a different match. He learned from that,” Mouratoglou said. “He didn’t learn that Djokovic broke his rhythm.
He found out that Djokovic took time for himself in the locker room and was able to reset and come back different. “He learned that, tried it and it worked out for him. That’s why he continues to do it."