Stefanos Tsitsipas

#56
Of course shapovalov has more brute power on his game and i see him achieving greater results than tsitsi in the future. Tsitsipas is the least hyped player of next gen.....most people didn’t even know him till Barca tournament. All the hype surrounds zverev, shapo and Chung....tsitsi came under the radar and because of his work ethic and full dedication to the sport he managed those results. If you watched him last year he has massively improved but still lacks on footwork and stamina.
He was being slept on, to be honest. His pro debut against Tsonga last year was very good, he has shown he has the talent, and his game has style (something lacking in the NextGen), so the potential has always been there, he just needed to have a great result in a tournament to announce himself.

I started following him at the end of 2016, and even though he still has many things to work on (stamina is the major issue imo), his progress is impressive, even more so considering he doesn't have many sponsors, a big team around him, and a strong federation that can support him and give him WCs.
 
#59
how far does he rank in possibly the BEST 1-handed backhand in history of tennis ? is he up there with Wawrinka or Gasquet ??
You mean Guga? Definitely had a better clay court backhand than both of them and perhaps the greatest clay court OHBH if we do not adjust for advantages brought about by technology. That thing was a spin monster yet was highly capable of crushing high balls DTL, a rare characteristic of a OHBH.

On hardcourts Wawrinka's was more practical but Guga's topspin backhand should still rank within the top 10.
 
#60
You mean Guga? Definitely had a better clay court backhand than both of them and perhaps the greatest clay court OHBH if we do not adjust for advantages brought about by technology. That thing was a spin monster yet was highly capable of crushing high balls DTL, a rare characteristic of a OHBH.

On hardcourts Wawrinka's was more practical but Guga's topspin backhand should still rank within the top 10.
No, I meant Tsitpas.... Not guga. guga's backhand was mediocre and he got into trouble on fast courts when he got rushed on that backhand.
 
#66
Stefanos' only real weakness is his serve. His serve is far too weaknfor a 6ft4 guy, far worse than guys like Tsonga, and even worse than Berdych. Honestly I may even rate Murray 1st serve above his serve.

Stefanos would have been a true force right now if he has Phillippoussis/Krajicek/Raonic/Roddick-like serve.
 

DJTaurus

Professional
#68
He loves Federer to death.

Tsitsipas also highly praised the Swiss: 'When you watch Federer, it’s like the best thing on television. It is. Federer has such a good game for grass. I used to watch YouTube videos of him playing on grass. The match that he played against Pete Sampras (in 2001 Wimbledon) when he was actually younger and pretty close to my age.

https://www.**************.org/tenn...eals-private-conversation-with-roger-federer/
 
#70
He has a lot of potential... as do others in his age-range... I think one of the things that separates him from the others for me, though, is the belief. He carries himself in a way that he expects to win each match he plays. I have the feeling that were he to go very deep at a Slam and take out a few big names along the way, his confidence (and game) would soar. His wide first serve (slice) is pretty effective. Other than that, he's got some work to do on his service game. Unlike others here I actually like his BH. He hits a lot of extreme angles with it, which sets him up for FH put-away.
 
#82
Shaps is actually half an year younger. Shaps win over Nadal was over a poor form Nadal, not current Nadal.
And that is only one big win.
Nadal won USO only 4 weeks after the loss to Shapo. He wasn't too far off. Even a win over depleted Nadal has to be regarded very highly when an 18 yo does that. I think both Shapo and Tsisi will fight for no.1 in 5 years time. I like them both, but so far, I think it is fair to say Shapo has done slightly better, however small the margin may be.
 
#91
Fantastic young prospect.

Still has to work physically, improve his game management and his serve.

But the guy has extremely clean shots on both sides, comes to the net naturally, and seems to be having a really good head on his shoulders.

I really like his forehand execution, with a classic eastern grip. Looks effortless.
 
#92
Same as Shapovalov hype last summer. Next up is the hype over DiMinaur. They'll be calling him the next Rod Laver.
I'm starting to ease onto Tsitsipas, he shows lots of fighting spirit. I still think style-wise he reflects more Guga/Sampras instead of Federer. Shapovalov I think can still turn it around but perhaps he needs another coach.
 

DJTaurus

Professional
#94
I'm starting to ease onto Tsitsipas, he shows lots of fighting spirit. I still think style-wise he reflects more Guga/Sampras instead of Federer. Shapovalov I think can still turn it around but perhaps he needs another coach.
He trains at muratoglu academy but still his dad is his main coach. :)
 
#97
Stefanos' only real weakness is his serve. His serve is far too weaknfor a 6ft4 guy, far worse than guys like Tsonga, and even worse than Berdych. Honestly I may even rate Murray 1st serve above his serve.

Stefanos would have been a true force right now if he has Phillippoussis/Krajicek/Raonic/Roddick-like serve.
Murray has a good first serve it’s his second serve which is a major liability.
 
#98
Along with that Russian lad (Rublev), the most talented of that particular generation. Once he improves his backhand approach shot he has a complete arsenal for multiple slams.
 
Stefanos has nice game, I like the variety and his patience. I think he plays smart and uses his length to his advantage. Once he physically matures more, he will have even more power. He has ability to become really good. I sure hope Shapovalov catches up to him. The one handed backhand is not dead and well alive.
 
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