Stefanos Tsitsipas impressed the tennis world after reaching the last act of the ATP Finals after beating Roger Federer in straight sets 6-3 6-4.
The Greek impressed not only for his astonishing tennis and the fact that he looked completely confident playing toe to toe with Roger Federer, but also for the cat that he saved 11 break points of the 12 that he conceded.
Why I save so many break points
Stefanos was able to save all these break points for 2 reasons: first, Federer didn’t really step up on those moments; second, the Greek remained extremely cool and focussed on what to do. The world no.6 commented:
“I don’t really see it as pressure. I mostly see it as a challenge for me. When he’s up a break point, I see that as a challenge to overcome the difficulty. I have managed to turn that into a challenge and try to be as aggressive as possible, not give him time, not give him space to do things.
Of course it’s frustrating, and I know getting to that point, it’s something I try to avoid as often as possible, but it is tennis. He plays well. He gives me a really tough time on the court. He gets to his break points because he deserves to be there, but then I managed to stay composed and not think of too much and just play.”
Tsitsipas in London, ranking, and results in 2019
Stefanos will take on Thiem in the final. The head to head is 4-2 for Thiem.
The last time that they locked horns, Thiem won 3-6 6-4 6-1 in the final in Beijing on the 06th October 2019.
Stefanos clinched 2 titles in 2019 in Marseille and in Estoril. Tsitsipas was the finalist in Dubai, in Madrid and in Beijing.
Roger Federer’s ranking and performance in 2019
Ranked no.3, Federer played his last match on the 16th of November when he was defeated by Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-3 6-4 in the semifinal in London.
This year the Swiss has a 51-10 win-loss record. Federer conquered 4 titles in 2019 in Dubai, in Miami, in Halle and in Basel. Federer was the finalist in Indian Wells and in Wimbledon.
Stefanos Tsitsipas and Roger Federer played each other 5 times. The head to head is 3-2 for Federer.
The last time that they locked horns, Stefanos Tsitsipas won 6-3 6-4 in the semifinal in Nitto Atp Finals on the 16th November 2019.
Here the highlights.
Stefanos Tsitsipas and Roger Federer
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