Stefanos Tsitsipas has explained how he is able to beat the best players in the world.
The Greek star knocked Novak Djokovic out of the Shanghai Masters yesterday with a surprise quarter-final win.
It means the 21-year-old has beaten Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the same season.
And Tsitsipas thinks he was able to spring such shocks because of what he learned from practicing with the heavyweights.
“The fact that I had, I think, plenty of practice sessions with Novak in the past in the place we both reside, in Monte-Carlo,” Tsitsipas said.
“We played plenty of times with each other, and getting that feeling of how he constructs his points, the patterns that he uses.
“Same with Roger, same with Rafa. Rafa, I didn’t have the opportunity to practice this much with.
“So I think that also helps a lot going out on the court, knowing that I have played, hit with him couple of times and lack of surprise, I mean, it’s less.
“No, sorry. Yeah, it’s just better in your head. Things are better in your head.”
Tsitsipas also explained why he feels the big three may fear going toe-to-toe with him.
“I honestly feel like they are more threatened than I am, and I think also that gives me kind of like a more relaxed me out on the court,” he added.
“So I know I just have to play the level, and the difference of the level of the rest of the opponents that I’m playing and competing against isn’t that big.
“I know I just have to hang in there and be able to, I think, be more aggressive.
“Because once you get aggressive and they see that you’re really going for it, I might even say they get scared. So that’s a good way, approach, to take it.”