Tsitsipas: 'I am the luckiest person facing Federer, Nadal, Djokovic'

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Tsitsipas: 'I am the luckiest person facing Federer, Nadal, Djokovic'

In an interview with Socrates, Stefanos Tsitsipas commented on his recent success. The world No. 6 said: "I worked hard to get where I am now. My constantly good performances this year are the prize for my effort. I am the luckiest person in the world when I meet stars like Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer or Novak Djokovic.

For years I watched them on TV and now I can face them. It's a dream come true." On how it felt to reach his maiden Grand Slam semifinal at the Australian Open, he replied: "When you play so well in a Grand Slam, you get a boost for the following matches.

But it's important to be realistic and keep working hard. I am convinced I can play much better and that I will soon win Majors." On why he plays the one-handed backhand, Tsitsipas said: "When I was eight years old, I was playing two-handed but I fitted more to one-handed.

In 2014 I made a big change at the Orange Bowl because I played the one-handed backhand more often. The self-belief increased and now my backhand is my biggest strength. I do not think it would have been as good if I picked the two-handed."

Tsitsipas believes his fanbase can increase: "I would love to see one day potentially a fan base and people come to the court as they do for Roger because it's an army. And you need that. You need an army like this."