“I Have to Take Him Seriously” – Stefanos Tsitsipas Wary of Davis Cup Match

Published 03/05/2020, 3:31 PM EST


Greece’s No.1 Stefanos Tsitsipas is all set to play his first-ever Davis Cup tie on foreign soil against the Philippines. While Tsitsipas is ready to deliver his best performance in Manila, he is also cautious about the danger posed by his opponent Alberto Lim Jr., who was also his junior rival.

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The 21-year-old made his Davis Cup debut in September last year when Greece hosted a Europe III regional event. He clinched the runners-up trophy at the Dubai Tennis Championships last week and is expected to give it all for his team against the Philippines.

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“He’s got a winning record against me”: Stefanos Tsitsipas

Tsitsipas will face Philippines’s Lim at the Davis Cup World Group II. The duel will be a rematch of sorts as the two also faced off 4 years ago in a juniors tournament. To everyone’s surprise, Alberto Lim Jr. defeated the World No.6 in their last encounter.

Tsitsipas remembers his defeat against Lim four years ago. Consequently, the Greek gun explained that he is not going to go easy on the 2019 Southeast Asian Games bronze medalist.

“We played against each other in juniors. I do remember most of my junior events. We grew up together. It’s really nice,” said Tsitsipas during the Davis Cup press conference on Thursday.

“We will be facing again in the Davis Cup. He has a good game. He’s got a winning record over me. I have to take him seriously,” he added.

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“He is one of the best in the world”: Lim

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Tsitsipas finished a successful 2019 season with the biggest title of his career at the ATP Finals. He also defended his title at Open 13 in Marseille and finished as a runner-up in Dubai last week. He looks to be the clear favourite against Lim and will certainly aim to take his team home.

“He’s obviously number six in the world. He is one of the best in the world. So going inside the court tomorrow my mindset is just to do my best,” the Filipino ace said.

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Greece will face the Philippines at the Philippine Columbian Association Sports Club in Plaza Dilao, Paco Manila on March 6 and 7.

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Starting off as a tennis author in 2018, Varun Khanna has gone on to contribute to EssentiallySports in various capacities. After setting up interviews with the likes of Serena Williams’ coach Patrick Mouratoglou, Alizé Cornet, and Noah Rubin, Varun is now part of all major ATP and WTA press conferences and has gone on to pen more than 1300 articles for EssentiallySports. He now heads the tennis and NBA division of the organization.

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