Tsitsipas Can’t Understand How Federer Has Ever Beaten Nadal
by Sean Randall | January 24th, 2019, 7:16 pm

I give this Stefanos Tsitsipas kid a lot of credit. He’s trying to figure things out. He wants to win. He thinks he knows how but in this sport it isn’t that easy. And yesterday after getting a free tennis lesson from Rafael Nadal, he was left scratching his head.

Tsitsipas had played well against Rafa in the Canadian final last year, but last night was a blowout, and it left the Greek to wonder who in the world did Roger Federer, who he emulates, ever beat Nadal.

“I’m just trying to think how Federer beat him so,” Tsitsipas said. “Similar game style like me. I’m trying to understand. I mean, I don’t want to lose to Rafa 10 times.”

Well, he’s probably going to lose to Rafa 10 times but I do think Stefanos will get a few wins. Once he overcomes the awe of Rafa, he’ll figure it out and realize he does have the game to do it.

Right now, though, I just like that he sounds so shell-shocked after the loss.

“I have no idea what I can take from that match. It’s not that I was even close to get to something. I only got six games from that match.

“I don’t know, I feel very strange. I feel happy with my performance in this tournament, but at the same time I feel disappointed. I feel like I could do a bit better today. I don’t know. That’s how I felt.

“But it’s a very, very weird feeling. Almost felt like just couldn’t play better. I don’t know.

“The angles that he was using, my brain was used to a certain rhythm of the game with all the righty players that I played this week. Him, it felt like I was always, when he was playing, on the wrong foot. Didn’t check properly. Felt very slow today. I feel pretty fast when I’m on the court. I mean, I’ve improved a lot in that part of my game. Today I felt like a 2-meter-10 guy that can’t move on the court. That’s definitely not me. I don’t know.”

Kids these days.

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2 Comments for Tsitsipas Can’t Understand How Federer Has Ever Beaten Nadal

chofer Says:

Love this kid, too! It’s not a PAN to Roger, you literal boneheads! It’s admiration for a style it’s really difficult to decode. For all the wars about the sylish Federer and the “pasabolas” nadal, I say F** you! You know nothing about this sport. Nadal is more than a board. His heavy top.spin it’s tricky to handle, he’s quick even at his age and he has found ways to terminate points with both his serve and backhand. And a very underrated volleyer. Plus, like Roger, I think he knows about tactics more than anybody, including Nole (he’s really the “physical” player in the equation; not that it’s a bad thing, on the contray: it’s a talent)Murray is close in that department.

But Tsitsipas is something else. He detected Nadal not only outplayed him, but outsmarted him. That’s the thing. He’s the thinking Nick Kyrgios, which is what tennnis needed.

SG1 Says:

The euphemism holds. To be the man, you have to beat the man. I find Tsitsipas refreshing. He acknowledges has some things to still work out. And it could have been worse. At least he didn’t have to play Rafa at RG.

He’s still young, getting stronger etc. His time to beat Rafa will come…probably at lot sooner than even he expects it will.

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