'Stefanos Tsitsipas' shot-making ability is there but...', says former No. 1

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'Stefanos Tsitsipas' shot-making ability is there but...', says former No. 1

One of the most promising young talents on the circuit is undoubtedly the Greek tennis player Stefanos Tsitsipas. He, winner of the ATP Finals in 2019, is considered by many to see his effervescent game as the main successor to the throne of twenty-time Grand Slam title champion Roger Federer.

The two have a similar game and there are many who would like the Greek to triumph in the Grand Slams. In this 2020 the Greek tennis player had to face several ups and downs (like all of us) and had the best result at Roland Garros where he succumbed after a great battle in five sets, in the semifinals, to world number one Novak Djokovic.

Now everyone wants Stefanos Tsitsipas to appear in the Grand Slam finals and maybe start winning, but there is something that could stop him. Former world number one Andy Roddick gave an interesting interview on the Tennis Channel where he talked about a problem with the talented Greek tennis player.

The former American champion explained a problem that Tsitsipas has with respect to, for example, the Big Three, composed of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. In his 'rare' still bad days Tsitsipas breaks down and fails to win while these champions even when they are in obvious difficulty manage to bring the race home.

Roddick talks about Stefanos Tsitsipas

Stefanos Tsitsipas is undoubtedly one of the best young players on the ATP tour right now. But former World No. 1 Andy Roddick believes that in order to take the next step in his evolution, Tsitsipas needs to figure out how to play better on days when he's not 100%.

"At his highest level is not in question right. When he’s playing great and he’s flying high, the shot-making ability is there," Andy Roddick said. "I want Stefanos Tsitsipas to be better on his bad days."

The American feels that once Tsitsipas is able to win more matches when he's not playing his best, he will climb further and eventually reach the top. "I think that’s the only thing separating him from the top of the game right now is in the third realm – when he’s not quite feeling it, he doesn’t have everything," Roddick went on.

"Getting through that match is important for him, and he needs to kind of maybe learn how to do that a little bit better." Greece finished in fourth place at the 2020 ATP Cup, going 0-3 in their group matches. After that Tsitsipas will head to the Australian Open, which begins on 8 February, where he will be hoping to go one better than his 2019 semifinal appearance.