Greek tennis player, Stefanos Tsitsipas has lauded Novak Djokovic‘s impact in world tennis, tagging him as ‘an incredible player who gets better every day
Recall the world number six pulled great displays in the last week at the Australian Open, upending one of tennis big guns Rafael Nadal, before he met his end facing Daniil Medvedev on Rod Laver Arena at the final four in Melbourne.
The Monte-Carlo-born has started his quest to win his sixth career at the Rotterdam Open in the Netherlands. He has advanced to the round of 16, after knocking out Belarus’s Egor Gerasimov, he will be locking horns with Hubert Hurkacz at the next stage.
But the 22-year-old player poured encomiums on Djovokic, having evaluated the big three in the world of tennis- Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and the Serbian who just win his ninth title in Melbourne, 18th in Grand Slam tournaments.
Tsitsipas admired Federer tagging him as his childhood idol, but he said Djokovic has achieved tremendous feats in the last decade as an incredible player of his generation.
“Federer has done incredible things in tennis.Not that Djokovic hasn’t done it, but for me, Federer has always been an idol I grew up with. The things Djokovic has accomplished in the last seven or eight years are unthinkable. It has raised its level so much; every year, it seems to get better.” said the former world number five.
Tsitsipas confidently hopes that young players can replicate some higher feats in the future, though some of them have been coming to the spotlight.
“All I can say is a big thumb up. I think the new generation could do something similar in the future. I do not think anyone 15 years ago expected Federer to surpass the Sampras record. It is difficult to predict what will happen. We as a new generation have many players capable of achieving big things,” Tsitsipas said.
The Tsitsipas brother will be playing Sander Gille and Joran Vliegen at the doubles category of the Rotterdam Open today.