“Roger Federer has always been my idol,” reveals Stefanos Tsitsipas

Stefanos Tsitsipas reveals his admiration for two greats of the game, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

Stefanos Tsitsipas
Stefanos Tsitsipas

Stefanos Tsitsipas is without a doubt, one of the most promising players on tour. The Greek star lifted his first Masters title last week, after he won the Monte Carlo Masters final against Andrey Rublev. At the age of just 22 years, the world number five has reached three Grandslam semifinals, and many pundits and fans hold him a candidate to win several majors.

Stefanos Tsitsipas recently revealed his admiration for Roger Federer, and stated that the Swiss maestro is his childhood hero. The Greek defeated Roger Federer at the Australian Open 2019, as a 20-year old who had just burst onto the big stage. “Federer has always been my idol. You can take little things from a lot of players,” said Tsitsipas.

Stefanos Tsitsipas draws inspiration from Rafael Nadal

Stefanos Tsitsipas also revealed that he draws inspiration from Rafael Nadal, and hopes to remain as humble as the Spaniard. Rafael Nadal is arguably one of the greatest tennis players of all time, having won 20 Grandslam titles in his career so far. Tsitsipas had previously stated that he would love to end Rafael Nadal’s dominance at the French Open. “I have been winning quite a lot but I have to stay humble, just like Nadal does,” said the Greek.

The Greek competed against Rafael Nadal at the Australian Open 2021 in the quarterfinals, where the world number five won in an epic five-set battle. Tsitsipas came back from two sets down to reach his second successive semifinals at a Grandslam event. He has been in impressive form this season, and has the best win-loss record of any player on the ATP Tour so far.

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