Stefanos Tsitsipas was back home in Greece recently, where he talked about Novak Djokovic, among other things.
Tsitispas was back home because he had to play for Greece in the Davis Cup. He’s always spoken about his pride in being Greek and his desire to promote tennis in the country. What better way than to actually help the country in the Davis Cup, but it didn’t go so well.
Tsitsipas had to carry a heavy load as the only highly-ranked player in the ATP Rankings, and while he won the first match, he lost the second one, including doubles with his brother, leaving Greece without a chance to overcome Slovakia.
It’s not what he wanted, but he’ll have to flush it because he will be in action for the Laver Cup in the coming week. While back home, Tsitsipas talked to the Greek publication Kathimerini talking about Djokovic, among other things.
“If we go by the numbers, Novak Djokovic is definitely the best. He breaks one record after another,” Tsitsipas said.
“And he keeps the thirst, while he has nothing left to prove, I mention. That’s his character. He’s never happy. It’s like he’s always trying to prove something to someone.
“I don’t know what and to whom. It’s like he wants revenge. His eye shines.”
The GOAT debate has always been a delicate topic for Tsitsipas because he prefers Roger Federer. After all, that was his idol growing up. His one-handed backhand didn’t fall out of the sky; he had to see it somewhere.
Other than that, he also thinks that Federer just had the most significant impact on the sport globally, and he’s not wrong.
“(If the criteria is) who has inspired the world the most and who has had the biggest impact, it’s definitely Federer, by a wide margin. I don’t think there will be anyone else who can match him.”