'Seeing Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, I wanted to..,' says Tsitsipas

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'Seeing Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, I wanted to..,' says Tsitsipas

The 22-year-old Stefanos Tsitsipas has established himself as one of the players to beat on the men's Tour in the last couple of years. The Greek claimed the first notable title at the ATP Finals in London 2019 at 21 and defeated Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic on the biggest tennis stage to make a name for himself.

It is never easy for players from small tennis nations to prove their quality and follow the same path as those from more prosperous countries. Passing all those obstacles with an iron will and determination, Stefanos successfully found his place under a tennis sun, standing as the youngest player in the top-10 and a contender at Majors and the Masters 1000 events.

Stefanos wrote history as the youngest players with victories over Federer, Nadal and Djokovic, completing the feat in 2018 and 2019 and gathering a boost to chase even higher goals. The Greek was the Australian Open semi-finalist in 2019, repeating that result in Paris last October and claiming his first Masters 1000 crown last week in Monte Carlo.

Stefanos said that the title gives him a lot of confidence, pushing him to work even harder and make constant improvements. Tsitsipas admitted he fell in love with tennis as a kid, watching Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic and wishing to follow their path and be like them.

Stefanos Tsitsipas praised Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic.

"The Monte Carlo title gives me a lot of confidence; I'm happy to lift that trophy, and it was a great week overall. I'm the leader of the ATP Race, and that's very important.

I know many players behind me want the same, and the idea is to score points every week and be consistent. I'm aware that many rivals will try to beat me; that's why I have to improve my game and continue at this pace, especially in notable tournaments.

Winning the essential crowns is one of the reasons why we play. That's why I loved playing tennis since I was a kid, seeing Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic winning big titles and wanting to be like them. My next goal is to finish the season in the top-3; it would be exciting.

I have played at the ATP Finals for two years, and I want to repeat that in Turin. I played in the final here in Barcelona in 2018, when I was only at the beginning of my ATP journey. Facing Rafael Nadal wasn't easy, and I learned a lot from that match.

Rafa claimed 11 Barcelona titles, and it's inspiring for everyone. This year's line-up is strong; I like the conditions and hope to play on a high level," Stefanos Tsitsipas said.