Stefanos Tsitsipas: I suddenly felt free. Every decision I went for felt right

“Criticism is important - I like receiving it"

by Sead Dedovic
Stefanos Tsitsipas: I suddenly felt free. Every decision I went for felt right

Criticism is an integral part of sports. Many athletes do not like criticism and try not to react to it. One of the famous tennis players, Stefanos Tsitsipas, believes that criticism is very important in tennis, but also in other sports.

“Criticism is important - I like receiving it,” he told
“When I was younger, I was very sensitive to it, but as I’ve got older I think it’s essential. It’s the only way you can achieve perfection.

I mean, perfection doesn’t really exist, but you can get close.
That also comes with your attitude to what you do. If you do it with love and care, if you wake up every morning and do the best things to succeed in what you do, with people who are chasing that same dream, anything is possible.

With your mind, you can achieve everything you want in life. That’s where it all starts. It all starts with an idea”.

Stefanos Tsitsipas on experience and patience

Experience also plays an important role. Tsitsipas believes that experience and patience are important thing.

“There were two times when I found myself in the same situation with the same opponent, but [it was] a different Stefanos each time," said Tsitsipas.
“The first time I faced Rafael Nadal at the Australian Open in the semi-finals I was really impatient.

I remember thinking, ‘OK, I’m playing against one of the best. I really need to prove myself with big shots and go for it’.
Two years later, I faced him again at the same tournament, this time in the quarter-finals.

After going two sets down, I understood what I was doing wrong." Tsitsipas spoke about the match with Nadal in 2021. It seems that this match was one of the most important for him. For the first time, he felt 'free' “It felt like I was in a cage and someone decided to unlock it.

I suddenly felt free. Every decision I went for felt right. It’s what I like to call flow. I was able to reach that flow by decreasing my expectations. "I remember coming to an agreement with myself, saying, ‘OK, you’re going to become patient.

You’re going to wait. You’re going to spend every single minute on the court enjoying the play and just make it a fun game’. It turned out to be one of the best comebacks in my career so far”.

Stefanos Tsitsipas