WATCH: Stefanos Tsitsipas Hits Roger Federer Style Backhand

September 24, 2020 10:26 am

Stefanos Tsitsipas is one of the most promising talents in the tennis circuit right now. The 22-year-old Greek national has had a meteoric rise, and he lets his game speak for his talent.

Tsitsipas again made the headlines following a spectacular shot he hit at the ongoing German Open.

Facing Dan Evans of Britain in the round of 32 in Hamburg, Tsitsipas was looking to assert his dominance from the very first service of the match. Evans hit a spectacular cross-court forehand, hoping to trouble Tsitsipas. However, Tsitsipas’s one-handed backhand return not only won the point for him but also reignited his comparison with Roger Federer.

A pioneer of the game, Federer is known for his one-handed backhand return. The backhand from Stefanos was a complete copy of Federer’s beautiful shot. From the stance to the follow-through, everything was identical.

Tsitsipas eventually won the contest in a fairly one-sided manner, with the scoreline reading 6-3, 6-1.


Opening the clay-court tournament on a strong note, Stefanos seemed pretty confident. The win will certainly give him an edge before French Open 2020.

“It’s very satisfying to be playing that level of tennis, as I’ve missed playing on clay,” said Tsitsipas, in an on-court interview. “It helps for my confidence. I’ve watched this tournament on TV since I was very young and I’m delighted to have gotten off to a strong start.”

Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Italian Open – Foro Italico, Rome, Italy -Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas in action during his second-round match against Italy’s Jannik Sinner |REUTERS

Stefanos Tsitsipas will be looking for his first Grand Slam in Paris

The talented player is yet to open his Grand Slam tally. His semi-final run in the Australian Open 2019 remains his best Grand Slam performance till now.

Despite his lack of experience in the tennis circuit, he walks into every tournament with a world of expectations.

Although he lost out early in the Italian Open 2020, the German Open will give him the opportunity to rectify his shortcomings before he flies to Paris for the French Open. Seeded 5th in the Roland Garros, Stefanos will hope to turn the tides in his favor to clinch his maiden Grand Slam Championship.

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