Greek tennis star stat Stefanos Tsitsipas enjoyed watching former world No. 1 Pete Sampras. On Thursday, Tsitsipas turned 23, while Sampras turned 50. “His flamboyant game. I enjoyed watching his serve-and-volley game,” Tsitsipas said.
“People say Roger Federer is effortless. I also feel like Pete Sampras was very effortless and just making the game so beautiful to watch”. Tsitsipas' father liked watching Sampras and Stefanos looked up after the former world No.
1. “[Pete] was a player that he really liked to watch and he passed it on to me,” Tsitsipas said. “Both of us grew up watching him. I grew up being given Pete as an example”.
Tsitsipas says Sampras went out in style
"That was the best ending of someone's career, to be honest with you, to win a Grand Slam title and just call it a day,” Tsitsipas said, cracking a smile.
“He did it in unbelievable style. Doesn't get any better, I think”. Tsitsipas insists it's always a beautiful day when you celebrate a birthday. "Birthdays are the best, because people remember you, people send you nice presents and messages,” Tsitsipas said.
“It's always a beautiful day when it's your birthday”. Meanwhile, Tsitsipas has reached the Toronto Masters quarterfinal. Tsitsipas will be fighting world No. 12 Casper Ruud for a place in the Toronto semifinal.
Ruud is on a run of three consecutive titles claimed. "Casper is a player that has been developing very good recently. He had an amazing clay-court season," Tsitsipas said. "He's someone that serves very well, has a very good serve-and-first-ball pattern that works really well for him.
I think he's probably one of the best players out there to have the serve and first ball inside the three first shots that he hits.
"It's definitely something that I'm going to have to pay attention to, and apply more pressure towards that."