Stefanos Tsitsipas makes humbling Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal admission | Tennis | Sport

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Tsitsipas has been one of the hottest players on the men’s tour in the last six months.

The Greek star won the Next Gen ATP Finals in November, and reached the semi-finals of the Australian Open in January.

He then won the Marseille Open and finished runner-up to Federer in Dubai at the start of the month.

And the 20-year-old is now in the top ten in the world for the first time.

But Tsitsipas was brought back down to earth on Saturday when he was comprehensively beaten 6-4 6-2 by Felix Auger-Aliassime in the second round of Indian Wells.

This year, he’s now played in seven tournaments and his early exit allows him to have a mini-break ahead of the Miami Open.

The likes of Djokovic, Federer and Nadal have set remarkable levels of consistency as they’ve dominated the sport.

And when asked by reporters if he was feeling fatigued after a gruelling year, Tsitsipas said he intends to take his mind off tennis and revealed his admiration for Djokovic, Federer and Nadal.

He said: “Maybe disconnect a bit from the sport and do something else, not even watch it at all. Like, don’t watch tennis at all.

“In our level of the game, sometimes — I mean, in other jobs as well, when you do something, you know, with a lot of intensity and a lot of focus and a lot of will, sometimes your mind cannot keep up and you get tired.

“You cannot do the same thing over and over again.

“And that’s why I admire the players like Djokovic, Federer, and Nadal.

“They seem to be so consistent in all they’re doing.

“I don’t know. Probably mix it up. That’s the only solution, to be consistent. I don’t know. Don’t do the same thing.

“Just maybe serve and volley one day, the other one you can just stay back. It’s all of this variety in your game can probably help you be more fresh.

“I don’t know. I don’t know myself to be honest.”



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