Roger Federer vs Rafael Nadal: Stefanos Tsitsipas picks his GOAT
ROGER FEDERER vs Rafael Nadal is the biggest tennis debate in the world - but who is the better player?
Federer, 36, became the oldest world No 1 off all time after winning the Australian Open earlier this year - the 20th Grand Slam of his career.
Meanwhile, Nadal is four years younger and is only three major tournament wins behind his Swiss rival’s tally.
The pair are the favourites to win the US Open title later this month but talented youngster Tsitsipas reckons Federer will be triumphant.
The Grecian shares a rare trait with the world No 2 - a one-handed backhand - and he has always modeled his game on Federer.
“The way he played was reflecting on me the way I played, and I always wanted to be like him,” Tsitsipas said.
“I was always watching his matches. I admired also Rafael Nadal, because of his fighting spirit and the energy on the court.
Tsitsi[as and Federer both have a one-handed backhand (Image: GETTY)
“But mostly Federer because the way he played was so beautiful and looked so natural for me.”
Tsitsipas reached the semi-finals of the Citi Open last week, losing to eventual winner Alexander Zverev.
The 19-year-old returns to action at the Rogers Cup this evening against Damir Dzumhur.
And when asked about his swift rise to No 19 in the world rankings, he credits his parents.
“Mum put a lot of discipline in my game, she was a great tennis player, with a lot of experience in the professional level,” he added.
“My dad as well helped me a lot, he is a very good coach, played professionally, learnt tennis in the university and has a professional diploma in tennis.
“My mother helped me on the other side, the mentality, both of them gave me new ideas about the game and helped me develop as a player."