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‘Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic always find solutions,’ warns Stefanos Tsitsipas

Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are ‘legends of the sport’ because of their ability to find solutions, says Stefanos Tsitsipas.

Nadal and Djokovic both played their first tournaments in more than six weeks in Monte-Carlo this week.

Both also suffered surprise early exits, with Djokovic losing in round three to Dan Evans and Nadal defeated by Andrey Rublev in the quarter-finals.

Tsitsipas, though, does not believe their losses in Monte-Carlo is indicative of any kind of decline, and they will find a way to win again soon – because it’s what they do.

“We’re used to seeing Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal go deep in the tournaments,” Tsitsipas said after his semi-final win over Evans.

“They are getting older but it doesn’t seem to bother them at all. They always find solutions to everything. This is what makes them great players – the legends of our sport.

“They seem to be in good shape again, just as they were before, despite taking a two or three-month break.”