Stefanos Tsitsipas got inspired by Roger Federer to win Stockholm Open

Stefanos Tsitsipas defeated Ernests Gulbis in straight sets, 6-4 6-4, to win his first career-title at the Stockholm Open. The 20-year-old confessed that it's a special triumph for him in a tournament that means a lot to him

by Luigi Gatto
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Stefanos Tsitsipas got inspired by Roger Federer to win Stockholm Open

Stefanos Tsitsipas defeated Ernests Gulbis in straight sets, 6-4 6-4, to win his first career-title at the Stockholm Open. The 20-year-old confessed that it's a special triumph for him in a tournament that means a lot to him.

'When I came to the event I saw all the names who won here previously', said Tsitsipas as quoted by Tennis Portalen. 'Federer, del Potro. I remember on TV at 12 years of age when on TV I saw Federer winning that year (2010) and the trophy was so beautiful.

I always wanted to win here. I hoped my name would end here, it would be nice. And it happened. I was very focused on the tournament to win. I did not tell it to anybody, I kept it to myself. Now he achieved all the three goals he had set this year: 'I had not managed to reach the fourth round in the first two Grand Slams this year, but at Wimbledon I did it.

My second goal was to break the top 50 world rankings and my third and last goal was an ATP Title. I achieved all of three! It is all caused by hard work and believing that you can do it. All the hours at the gym, Everything paid off.' Tsitsipas became the first Greek player to win an ATP title.

'Is it true? Wow. We hope more Greek players can do something similar in the future. Representing my country in these tournaments while I was cracking the top 100 was special.' ALSO READ: 'Roger Federer should never play on clay again' - Andy Roddick

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