Tsitsipas reveals he was inspired by Federer for his one-handed backhand

The Greek explained he was inspired by the Swiss Maestro and by Pete Sampras for his shot

by Lorenzo Ciotti
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Tsitsipas reveals he was inspired by Federer for his one-handed backhand
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Stefanos Tsitsipas played today in the semi-final of the Rolex Paris Masters against Grigor Dimitrov, but previously, after the victory in the quarter-final of the Paris-Bercy ATP Masters 1000, the Greek explained that he was inspired by Roger Federer and Pete Sampras for his backhand with two hands.

Tsitsipas reveals he was inspired by Federer for his one-handed backhand

Tsitsipas explained about this shot, which he himself defines classic: "To me, one-handed backhand always felt like the classic shot. I saw it on TV.

I thought, that's the classic shot. That's how tennis was firstly played, and that's the classic shot that Sampras, one of my favorite players, played that shot. Well, at the time I was pretty young to watch Roger Federer matches, but I do remember him later when I was about six years old.

To me, it was a shot selection that I chose at eight years old. I kind of got stuck with it. I worked on it. I tried double-handed backhand. I remember the day where I chose to play single-handed backhand. One of my coaches came on court, not my main coach, one of the coaches of the club, and told me, Stef, kinda decide.

You're switching every day. On Mondays you play double and then on Tuesdays you switch to single. Come on, decide it. You are eight years old already, nine years old. I don't know how old I was. He said, You've got to decide and stick to it.

I remember that day. I was driving back home with my father. He picked me up from practice, and I told him, You know what? I'm going to stick to a double-handed backhand. The next day I switched to a single-handed backhand once and for all.

I remember that day. Yeah. I don't think a double-handed backhand would look too good on me. Can you picture me today? (Smiling.) It's tough to picture it, isn't it?"

Swiss Maestro Pete Sampras
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