Published On: Sat, Oct 12th, 2019

Stefanos Tsitsipas ranks Novak Djokovic effort over Roger Federer shock | Tennis | Sport


Stefanos Tsitsipas says yesterday’s Shanghai Masters win over Novak Djokovic is the greatest comeback of his career.

The Greek star lost the first set 6-3 but bounced back to knocked the world No 1 out of the tournament by taking the next two sets 7-5, 6-3.

Tsitsipas also had to fight from a set down when he beat Roger Federer 6-7, 7-6, 7-5, 7-6 at the Australian Open earlier this year.

But the 21-year-old believes his latest result it up there among the greats.

“It’s the best comeback that I have ever had probably,” Tsitsipas said.

“I would say also Federer’s comeback in the Australian Open wasn’t easy.

“I lose the first set against one of the best tennis players in the world and managed to win three consecutive sets after that.

“Same today but with less sets, two sets, which was quite difficult for me to pull out.

“It was a very difficult victory mentally to — I wasn’t really thinking that long term that I have to win two sets. It just went step by step. It happened.

“I broke him, I won the set, I stayed there, broke him again, eventually I got the win at the end.

“Yeah, I wasn’t really thinking too much of the future, and I think that helped a lot.”

Tsitsipas has beaten Federer, Djokovic and Rafael Nadal this year and he feels the trio are now be scared of him.

He added: “Well, yeah, I always dreamt of beating those players, and I see each match when I go out on the court as an opportunity to bring the best out of me. It’s a very big boost.

“I honestly feel like they are more threatened than I am, and I think also that gives me kind of like a more relaxed me out on the court.

“So I know I just have to play the level, and the difference of the level of the rest of the opponents that I’m playing and competing against isn’t that big.

“I know I just have to hang in there and be able to, I think, be more aggressive.

“Because once you get aggressive and they see that you’re really going for it, I might even say they get scared. So that’s a good way, approach, to take it.”



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