Last night, Greek tennis whiz kid Stefanos Tsitsipas managed to beat his hero, Roger Federer, in the ATP semifinal, thus reaching the biggest final of his career.
On the tennis.com site last night a headline blared:
NEARLY UNBREAKABLE: TERRIFIC TSITSIPAS TAKES OUT FEDERER AT ATP FINALS
The Greek saved 11 of the 12 break points he faced to win the first semifinal at the season finale in London.
I posted about Stefanos Tsitsipas before here. Yesterday he overpowered his all-time hero Roger Federer, 6-3, 6-4, at the Nitto ATP Finals in London. The 17-year age gap between Tsitsipas (21) and Federer (38) was the largest in tournament history.
The day before, Tsitsipas had played a taxing match in a grueling three-set loss to Rafael Nadal. But he overcame his weariness and any nerves at realizing the whole stadium was rooting for Federer. At the end he was all smiles and disbelief that he could even find himself in such a position. In his own words: « I’m really proud that I managed to save so many break points today. I was trying not to give an easy time to Roger. Playing him is the biggest honor that I can have. Today’s victory is probably one of my best matches of this season. These are the moments I always wait for and want to prove the best out of my game.”
Some days before, he hadn’t even be sure he’d qualify for the event, and found out in public. See below:
Tonight he faces world no 5 Dominic Thiem in the final. Best of luck to him. 🍀🍀🍀🇬🇷
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