Tennis - Greek tennis star Stefanos Tsitsipas recalled his first training session with Swiss tennis legend Roger Federer and playing along side the 20-time Grand Slam champion at the Laver Cup in an interview to the Ubitennis website.
Stefanos Tsitsipas on training with Roger Federer
In an interview to Ubitennis, Stefanos Tsitsipas, who is currently ranked No. 6 in the world, commented, “First time it was like unbelievable. I thought I was dreaming, honestly.
As more you play with him, the more normal it seems but at the same time it can’t seem normal because it’s Roger Federer, it’s not any other player." Tsitsipas also played alongside Federer at the Laver Cup in September on Team Europe and says he learnt a lot of things from Federer while being his team mate which have helped him even off the court.
“Expressing myself more. I spent a lot of time with him during the Laver Cup in September and I learned a lot of things from him. Even the way you carry yourself, the way you speak, the way you think you can pass this to someone else.
I felt really inspired." Tsitsipas and Federer have played four times on the tour so far with both having won 2 matches each. All of their four meetings came on the tour in 2019. Tsitsipas won in four sets at the Australian Open in 2019 and in straight sets at the Nitto ATP Finals in London while Federer won in Dubai and in Basel in straight sets.
Stefanos Tsitsipas has a career best ranking of No. 5 in the world, making him the highest ranked Greek player in history. He is the reigning champion at the ATP Finals, and is the youngest winner of the men's year end championships in 18 years.
He has won five singles titles on the ATP World Tour. He was also ranked No. 1 in the world in juniors and won the 2016 Wimbledon boys' doubles event. Roger Federer is a 20 time Grand Slam champion and has won the most Slams by any player in men's tennis history.
He is currently ranked No. 4 in the world and recently announced that he would miss the remainder of the 2020 season in order to recover from his knee injury, for which he underwent a second surgery last month. Federer is scheduled to make a comeback in 2021.