Stefanos Tsitsipas pays respect to Novak Djokovic ahead of US Open

World No. 3 Stefanos Tsitsipas has nothing but a great respect for 20-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic. 

Tsitsipas has acknowledged that Djokovic is the perfect example of what happens when you commit yourself fully to something. 

“Respect for him. He’s an example of someone who commits himself a lot to the game and tries to get the best possible out of it. I really wish for me to maybe one day be at that level of consistency and be able to dominate Grand Slams at such level,” Tsitsipas said, per the ATP website. “It is something that comes with time. I think he has learned throughout the years how to preserve his best strengths and kind of expose them at the right moment, at the right time.”

Tsitsipas not taking Andy Murray for granted 

No. 3 seed Tsitsipas is set to face 2012 US Open champion Murray in the US Open first round. 

Murray is now ranked at No. 114 in the world and his best days are past him. 

“He’s someone that has been putting a lot of work to get back and has been playing very good tennis to be standing where he’s at right now. I think I’m going to go for it, try my chances against him,” Tsitsipas said. “He’s someone that won’t give up. I’ll have to bring some good tennis from my side.”

While in New York, Tsitsipas had a chance to meet Seth, an Instagram influencer with 7.7 million followers. 

“Seth is a really humble and nice guy. We had good times with him yesterday,” Tsitsipas said. “I’m glad I met him. My initial goal when I started this is to someday get to meet him and get to do a collab with him. I’m glad it happened here. He’s someone that I kind of look up to a lot. Something simple as what he does, in a way it is much more complex than it looks like. The way he spreads messages, the way he entertains people is unique on its own.”