Stefanos Tsitsipas has called father-coach Apostolos an efficient Swiss army knife who does it all on the Greek seed’s team.

After completing his first career comeback from two sets to love down for a win over  Spaniard Jaime Munar to reach the Roland Garros second round, fifth seed Tsitsipas was brimming with fresh confidence.

And he welcomed the return of his athletic, silver-haired father, who was absent a week ago from the Rome event where Tsitsipas lost his opening match to Italian Jannik Sinner.

“My father serves, he’s like a Swiss (army) knife. He has a lot of important roles around me,” Tsitsipas said after advancing to the Paris second round. 

Roland Garros Paris French Open 2020 Day 3 290920 Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE) first round match Photo Roger Parker International Sports Fotos Ltd

“He knows me the best, and we share a great relationship. I know I have been hard with him sometimes on court, and I’m trying to change that. “

The often hot-headed Greek player won’t hesitate to chastise his dad sitting in the player box during times of match frustration – but that habit is one he is working to change.

“Some of my behaviour on court has been a bit unacceptable, and I would totally agree with that. I’m trying to respect what he’s doing. 

“I think he respects what I’m doing. Our relationship is very unique and special”
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The pair have been together in tennis from the start, with the professionally trained Apostolos starting as his son’s physio.

“Back when I played challengers, he would treat me after my matches, do fitness to me before tournaments,”

The 22-year-old called his father “my coach, psychologist, philosopher. He’s a funny guy. I like having him around.”

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