“How many people are you going to influence? How many lives are you going to change because of your craft, or what are you doing there? ”
Federer and Nadal are preferred for the way they take themselves on the court as well as out of it, but Citcipus knows that if they hadn’t won 40 Grand Slams together, they wouldn’t be two real superstars on the world stage.
The World No. 4 had two set-ups and within reach of his first major win against Roland Garros Djokovic last year. Djokovic then made a trademark comeback. This is a result that will shock almost every player on the tour.
“When you’re playing for your first Grand Slam title and you’re very close to winning it, it’s not uncommon to be upset, and you seem to have lost a chance. This is normal, “explained Sitsipas.
“I obviously got a big lead in the score and also in the psychological part of the game.
“Of course there is something that you are doing right, to stay in that position. It may be hard to snatch it from you, but I have more to learn from that final than the rate.
“I think, mentally, I’m much more prepared now than ever for this to happen again and again, if it happens. At that time I did not think that the match would turn against me like this. Especially after playing the first two sets so well. I started the best possible fashion.
“There was no doubt during that match, from my point of view, I didn’t really back down, I didn’t really think about it twice.
“I was just playing my game, enjoying my game on a beautiful day in Paris and enjoying my presence on the court. A lot of thoughts are not going through my head, or running.
“Novak, after leaving the court and making two sets of love, he cleans his head. He had a different purpose than before. He relaxed. It contributed a lot to his success towards the end of the year. “
Sitsipus’s ability to brush results in Paris is partly due to his own return.
At last year’s Australian Open, he became only the second player to beat Nadal in the first two sets.
That performance, and his creative interest – which includes photography, filmmaking and music – kept the 23-year-old out of court, intelligent.
“I like to do these things because at the end of the day, I’m going to work on the court and it’s going to take up most of my time perfecting my craft,” he said.
“But I want to have fun outside of tennis, to explore my other interests off the court. I see it as personal growth, too much. I like to see growth when.
“When I see myself as a good person, I learn to learn more about anything, really. I think it can have a very positive effect on my tennis as well.
“If I know I have other interests and talents behind my head and the things I like to do next, it makes me feel comfortable on the tennis court.
“These two are different, but there is definitely more to life than tennis. Needless to say, tennis is not important. This is very important.
“But I want to explore my options. I don’t want to live a monotonous, one-sided life, give up 110 percent of my day and focus entirely on tennis.
“If I do, I think I’ll go crazy at some point.”
When Federer and Nadal call for time for their well-rounded careers in the next few years, the Australian public will be looking to adopt and adore a new player.
Sitsipus is ready to set foot in the hole left by his childhood idol.
“It makes my life harder when I go to public places. I will not lie,” he said. “Sometimes, it’s uncomfortable for a lot of people to come to me. But I like it at the same time.
“That’s what I call influence, that’s what I call inspiration. Inspiring the younger generation to want to be around tennis is a beautiful thing to witness. “