Tsitsipas desires a fan military like Federer

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LONDON (Information) – Stefanos Tsitsipas silenced the raucous Roger Federer fan membership as he knocked the 20-times Grand Slam champion out of the ATP Finals on Saturday and hopes to sooner or later be as common because the Swiss nice.

Tennis – ATP Finals – The O2, London, Britain – November 16, 2019 Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas reacts throughout his semi ultimate match in opposition to Switzerland’s Roger Federer Information/Peter Nicholls

Solely essentially the most one-eyed Federer followers couldn’t have been impressed with the Greek’s 6-Three 6-Four victory, achieved with the form of tennis they’re used to seeing from their idol.

Along with his fearless, eye-pleasing groundstrokes, common forays to the online and booming serves, the participating 21-year-old definitely has a lot to applaud. However he is aware of the Federer followers might be robust to win over.

“I hope they like me after I play out on the court docket, as a result of I really feel like I’ve a variety of issues to supply for tennis,” Tsitsipas mentioned.

“And I’d like to see sooner or later doubtlessly a fan base and other people come to the court docket like they do for Roger, as a result of it’s a military. And also you want that. You want a military like this.

“I wish to really feel linked with individuals. I wish to be often called an excellent tennis participant as a result of that’s what the followers wish to see. They wish to see an excellent character.”

The way in which Tsitsipas responded when put beneath intense strain on Saturday was spectacular. He saved 11 of the 12 break factors he confronted and survived an epic 13-minute recreation when he served for the primary set at 5-Three, sealing it on the seventh time of asking.

Worryingly for the guy younger weapons who will certainly be vying for main glory with Tsitsipas, he seems to thrive on adversity and relish a battle, as he confirmed when shedding to final warrior Rafael Nadal in a three-hour match he didn’t even must win on Friday.

“I don’t actually see it as a strain,” Tsitsipas mentioned when requested about saving so many essential factors in opposition to Federer.

“I principally see it as a problem for me. He’s up a breakpoint, I see that as a problem to beat the issue. It’s such as you’re mainly — you already know it’s going to be tough. I’ve managed to show that right into a problem and attempt to be as aggressive as attainable.”

Tsitsipas will face Austrian Dominic Thiem or defending champion Alexander Zverev within the ultimate.

Reporting by Martyn Herman, modifying by Ed Osmond