“I'm happy to be playing well enough, also to be part of something so special. Not Next Gen anymore. We are all young. I guess you can call it that way,” explained the ATP Finals champion.
“Dominic inspires me a lot. What Dominic has achieved is amazing. Being able to have back-to-back finals here at the French is truly inspiring. Dominic is someone that makes me understand the game and makes me want to push even further to reach what he has reached.
“He's a nice guy off the court. Big workaholic on the court. He’s very balanced, he's a very passionate person in every aspect. We're good friends. I think I can learn a lot from him and add it to my game. From the young guys, he's someone that I really look up to.”
That’s some seriously high praise from Tsitsipas who sits only three ranking spots below Thiem at world No.6.
However, the Greek has maintained he has always been a student of the game, even skipping school classes to catch a glimpse of Roland-Garros on TV.
“I think I was the only one to skip school to watch tennis. Back then, no one played tennis back then. I'm sure now it's more often that kids get to skip school for the French, given the fact there are so many kids playing tennis in Greece now, it is great to see,” mused Tsitsipas.