'Tsitsipas grew up seeing Roger Federer. Match vs Nadal was key' - Mother


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'Tsitsipas grew up seeing Roger Federer. Match vs Nadal was key' - Mother

In an interview to La Gazzetta dello Sport Julia Tsitsipas, Stefanos' mother, commented on his son's great success this year and his improvements. The 20-year-old has an elegant game style, which was something they have been working on for a long time.

'Both he and his father play one-handed backhand, then he grew up watching Federer. He made his best effort, he wanted it so bad and in the end, he did it', said Julia. Did father Apostolos always coach Stefanos? 'No, once we saw that he liked playing a lot, we sent him to another coach, but when Stefanos started to travel around the world, my husband started travelling and working with him.

Now he trains a little bit in Athens with us, but especially at the Mouratoglou Academy near Nice from two years now.' At 20 age he seems very mature. 'In some things he is, he watches long films, loves photos, relaxes with his travel blog.

But the whole teenager part lacks when you do silly things and you enjoy with friends. He started making sacrifices straightaway.' Julia concluded: 'We had a project and we respected it, things went better than planned.

One day I saw him on TV in Barcelona (final against Rafael Nadal this year) and I said: "He really became a tennis player!"' Tsitsipas will start the 2019 season at the Hopman Cup with Maria Sakkari. ALSO READ: Rafael Nadal: Worse players than David Ferrer won a Grand Slam title