"I don't go to sleep at night thinking about that. Doesn't really cross my mind," replied Tsitsipas with a smirk.
"It would be great for him. If he's capable of doing it, massive respect. But what I'm out here trying to do is just focus on myself and perhaps be the guy that everyone will hate one day. In a good way.
"As they say, you become very unpopular when you start winning."
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Some of Tsitsipas' best results have come on clay. Besides reaching the final at Roland-Garros, the Greek world No.5 captured two Masters 1000 crowns on the red dirt - both in Monte-Carlo - and can be considered one of the best clay-courters in the field.
Back on Paris' terre battue, Tsitsipas can’t contain his passion for Roland-Garros.
"We have another exciting edition of the Roland-Garros this year, and I think every player is excited to be participating and giving himself a chance to do well in one of the most chic Grand Slams of the year," mused Tsitsipas, who opens his campaign on Sunday against Czech lefty Jiri Vesely (second match on Court Philippe-Chatrier).