24-Year-Old Stefanos Tsitsipas Reveals How Roger Federer’s Swiss Teammate Stan Wawrinka Inspired His New Victory Move at French Open 2023

Published 06/05/2023, 4:50 PM EDT

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There are some tennis legends that have engraved their habits and routines into the heads of tennis enthusiasts. Be it the twirl celebration of Serena Williams or the obsessive direction of bottles by Rafael Nadal. This, consciously or subconsciously, has affected young tennis players. One such player is Stefanos Tsitsipas who could not help but mimic a close friend and Davis Cup teammate of Roger Federer, Stan Wawrinka, after securing an astounding victory at the French Open.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas embraces the winning vibe of Stan Wawrinka, a close friend of Roger Federer

Roger Federer has bid the sport farewell. However, his friend Stan Wawrinka is not yet ready to say goodbye despite not being able to perform his best on the court. The two have shared a wholesome friendship. Besides that, the two paired up to win the Davis Cup for Switzerland back in 2014.

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Although Wawrinka is suffering from the ill-effects of aging, the Greek player Stefanos Tsitsipas has imbibed his spirit as he breezes past his opponents in the latter rounds of the clay-court major.

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After winning his fourth-round, Tsitsipas pointed a finger to his head. Later on, when he was asked to elaborate on its meaning, he said, “Mental strength.” Probing more, he called out tennis legend Wawrinka’s celebratory move and stated, “Stan The Man.”

Tsitsipas is now all geared up to go against the Spanish tennis sensation, Carlos Alcaraz Garfia. 

Although the current generation is taking up celebrations after him, Stan Wawrinka is struggling on the court. The Swiss star lost his second-round match at the French Open against Thanasi Kokkinakis. After witnessing his loss, a former world no.10 resonated with his struggle.

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Former world no.10 relates to the plight of Wawrinka and Dominic Thiem 

Lucas Pouille hit the headlines when he defeated Rafael Nadal at the 2016 US Open. However, as injuries hit him one after the other, he suffered a major career setback. Comparing his career to that of Dominic Thiem and Stan Wawrinka, he stated how he could understand what they must be going through. 

Pouille faced a second-round defeat at the French Open. However, the first-round victory proved to be the hope at the end of the tunnel for the French tennis player.

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Shivali Sharma is a tennis writer at EssentiallySports, who specializes in off-court topics and has a particular focus on the legendary ‘Queen of the Court’, Serena Williams. With a wealth of experience in the industry, Shivali has authored numerous articles covering varied topics concerning the 23-time Grand Slam champion, including her personal life, career, and more. In addition to her work on Serena Williams, Shivali is also a huge fan of Naomi Osaka and admires the four-time Major winner, particularly for her advocacy for mental health.
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