Stefanos Tsitsipas 20, defeated Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-3 3-6 7-6 (9-7) 6-4 on yesterday and will face the 20-time grand slam winner Federer.
Seeded into the fourth round of a major tour is the second time in the youngsters’ career.
In his previous encounter with Federer he pushed the legend to a two tie-breaks at the Hopman Cup in Perth. He is liking his upcoming battle with the Swiss in Melbourne.
He has this to say, “I learned a lot since my last match with him,” Tsitsipas told reporters. “I know the patterns that he’s using a bit better now.
“He’s serving really well, so I’m going to have to utilise his, and take advantage of my returns as much as possible. I’m pretty sure he’s going to be serving well, so, yeah, return games need to be aggressive and pressing a lot.
“He’s a legend of our sport. It will be a great day facing him in one of the best arenas, Rod Laver. I’m really excited for that match.”
“If I thought about it now it’s insane I’m in this position where I can actually play him. It’s really emotional.”
He assured his fans of his readiness by saying, “It’s not easy to play these kind of players that you’ve been watching for so long and you finally get to play them. Mentally you have to be much stronger than any other match that you have faced that week.
“Having such a name like Federer on the other side, it’s an extra, I would say, advantage for him, because he’s done what he’s done. But mentally, for players to beat him, they have to be ready and believe in themselves that their game is great enough to beat such a player.”
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