Sunday, June 16, 2024

Stefanos Tsitsipas recollects competing versus Roger Federer & Large 3 in ATP Finals debut

Stefanos Tsitsipas recollects competing versus Roger Federer & Large 3 in ATP Finals debut
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Stefanos Tsitsipas completely beloved his ATP Finals debut because the Greek admitted he felt “actually cool” competing in the identical match because the likes of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic. Tsitsipas, 25, debuted on the ATP Finals in 2019, when the match was nonetheless staged at The O2 Area in London.

Though Tsitsipas did not have any earlier ATP Finals expertise and the Large Three had been his rivals, he nonetheless impressively managed to win all of it in his first look on the prestigious season-ending match. That yr, Tsitsipas was overwhelmed by Nadal in his closing group stage match however nonetheless reached the semifinal, the place he beat Federer earlier than additionally defeating Daniil Medvedev within the closing.

Tsitsipas recounts his ATP Finals debut

“The ATP Finals is a tremendous expertise for any tennis participant to be part of. I bear in mind stepping the primary time and feeling the joys of the Finals. I had all my idols enjoying within the finals.

Roger was there. Rafa was there. Novak was there. The Large Three was there. On the time I used to be simply having fun with the method, having fun with being part of it. I used to be like ‘How cool that the identify Tsitsipas is amongst these guys?’ I ended up enjoying a few of my greatest tennis ever in that match.

It felt actually cool being a part of that. Each single yr that I get to qualify, it brings again reminiscences of the very first time I stepped on the court docket on the O2 Area. It’s a type of issues that I really feel is undervalued in tennis.

The ATP Finals is typically even greater than a slam in my view. By way of how powerful the matches are, it’s important to play one of the best gamers that yr which have performed one of the best, most unimaginable tennis from begin to end. In a manner, it’s a separate problem than having to play a Slam.

Generally, I’d examine it to the Tremendous Bowl, for instance. It’s one of the best of one of the best,” Tsitsipas mentioned on Tennis Channel, through The Tennis Letter.

This yr in Turin, Tsitsipas is making his fifth ATP Finals look.

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