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Stefanos Tsitsipas: “I am able to win a Grand Slam, but I put too much pressure on myself”

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Stefanos Tsitsipas said that he was close to winning his first Grand Slam title after claiming the biggest trophy of his young career at the 2019 Nitto ATP Finals in London last November.

 

“I believe I am really close to being crowned a Grand Slam champion. I know these are strong words that I say but I feel I belong there”, said Tsitsipas after his win at the London O2 Arena last November.

Tsitsipas admitted that he put too much pressure on himself after losing to Milos Raonic in the third round of the Australian Open last January.

“Looking back to that I think winning a Slam was too big of a statement to be taken seriously. I should not be looking so far too soon. For sure, I want it to come, but I should be talking about stuff like this less often and concentrate on the present. I guess I just put too much pressure on myself, aiming so high and I just have to take it step by step, not think too much about the future and be irrational”, said Tsititsipas in an interview to Tennis Majors.

He achieved his best result at Grand Slam level in 2019 when he beat Roger Federer en route to reaching the semifinal at the Australian Open. Tsitsipas won five ATP titles in his career (Stockolm 2018, Marseille, Estoril and the ATP Finals in London in 2019 and Marseille 2020). He is a former world junior number 1 player. He won the biggest title at junior level in doubles with Kenneith Raisma at Wimbledon and became the first male player to win a Junior Grand Slam in the Open Era. He also reached the semifinals at Wimbledon and at the US Open at junior level.

In 2019 Tsitsipas became the youngest ATP Finals champion since Lleyton Hewitt in 2001 and the youngest Australian Open semifinalist since Andy Roddick in 2003. He beat Rafael Nadal for the first time to reach the ATP Masters 1000 final in Madrid before losing to Novak Djokovic.

This year he won his second straight title in Marseille and lost the Dubai final against Novak Djokovic.

“People always ask me when I am going to win a Grand Slam title. I feel it is going to come if you wait. You don’t have to ask the same question every single time. The Big Three are doing a great job, staying where they are and being so committed to what they do. They are difficult to beat, I won’t lie they are difficult to beat. They still play at the same level. Maybe not the same, but even better than what they played five, six, seven or eight years ago. They are always improving, they are always learning. They are more experienced than us. Maybe physically they are not the same because of the age. I do feel that I am capable of winning Grand Slams. I have proven myself at the Nitto ATP Finals. I was the last player standing out of all eight, which for sure meant something, it’s not accidental, you know ?”, said Tsitsipas.

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Roger Federer announces the return of “RF” branded caps

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Swiss legend Roger Federer announced the return of the “RF” branded caps. Tennis fans will be able to purchase the Uniqlo product.

 

The RF logo has been missing since Federer switched from Nike to Uniqlo at Wimbledon 2018. It has now returned as new Uniqlo caps feature the iconic “RF” logo.

Roger Federer: “After a long and extensive fine-tuning, UNIQLO and I are extremely extremely to announce the return of the RF hat in eight fresh colours starrting from 8th December 2020. This hat has meant so much to me and to my fans over the years. It has given us a way to visibly connect, and I have appreciated the opportunity to thrive off this supportive energy”. 

Federer posted a video on his Instagram account announcing the relaunch of the “RF” logo.  

There are eight different colours of the “RF” caps. The gap has the iconic “RF” has the iconic “RF” logo in front and the “Go Roger” logo at the back. 

Federer will make his eagerly awaited come-back at the 2021 Australian Open. The 20-time Grand Slam champion has won six titles at Melbourne Park in 2004, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2017 and 2018. Three years ago Fedeerer won an epic five-set final against Rafael Nadal after being sidelined by a knee injury. The Basel native repeated the feat winning the 2018 final against Marin Cilic in another five-set battle. 

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French Legend Leconte Speaks Out On Upcoming Return Of Roger Federer

The Grand Slam finalist gives his view on Federer’s chances for 2021.

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A former star of French tennis says he is hopeful but wary that Roger Federer will be able to return to the pinnacle of sport next year.

 

Henri Leconte, who is a former French Open finalist that achieved a ranking high of No.5, admits that the Swiss Maestro may find it tough on the Tour given the rise of what he describes as the ‘younger generation.’ This season Dominic Thiem won his maiden Grand Slam title at the US Open at the age of 27. More recently Daniil Medvedev defeated both Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal en route to the ATP Finals title.

We want to believe it. We all want to believe it! It’s been a long and difficult year. Will the motivation still be there? Will this break, the fact of having been able to enjoy his family, have changed something or will he still have that renewed motivation that has always fascinated us?” Leconte told TennisActu.

Federer hasn’t played a competitive match since his semi-final loss at the Australian Open in January. Since then, he has been sidelined from action due to a right knee injury which required two surgical procedures. The second took place after the first failed to produce the desired results.

Despite the setbacks, 20-time Grand Slam champion Federer is eyeing a return to the Tour in 2021. He is currently the oldest player in the world’s top 100 and one of two to be aged 39. The other is Spain’s Feliciano Lopez.

No one can say it. We all wish him, we would like him to stop on a Grand Slam title but the train (momentum) is gone with this younger generation which has put in an extra speed,” said Leconte.
“I would like to believe it. Roger has done so many things, that’s why he makes us dream, we would like to see him at the top. It will be very, very hard. ..”

It is not the first time Federer has taken a lengthy break due to injury. He missed six months of the 2017 season due to another knee issue before returning to action the following year when he won the Australian Open.

Earlier this week it was confirmed that Federer will head into the new season being able to use his iconic ‘RF’ logo. He hasn’t been able to use the logo for the past two years after switching from Nike, which held the rights, to UNIQLO. However, he has managed to regain control of ownership which means he will be allowed to use it on his apparel once again.

“The RF cap is back,” Federer said in a video message to fans on Twitter.
“After a long wait and extensive fine-tuning, UNIQLO and I are extremely excited to announce the return of the RF hat in 8 fresh colours starting December 8th, 2020,” he also wrote.
“This hat has meant so much to me and to my fans over the years.
“It has given us a way to visibly connect, and I have appreciated the opportunity to thrive off this supportive energy.”

As it currently stands Federer’s first tournament is set to be the Australian Open. The tournament had been scheduled to start on January 18th but it is believed that the date has been delayed until February 8th due to travel and quarantine arrangements.

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Matteo Berrettini is confident for the future of Italian tennis ahead of the 2021 ATP Finals in Turin

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Last year’s US Open semifinalist Matteo Berrettini looked back to his 2020 season in an interview to the Italian sports newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport. 

 

Berrettini reached the Australian Open second round losing to Tennys Sandgren in five sets. The Rome native player lost to Andrey Rublev in the fourth round at the US Open. He was one the five Italian players to advance to Roland Garros third round, most to reach a Grand Slam third round in Open Era since 1968.

At Masters 1000 level Berrettini reached the third round in Cincinnati and the quarter final in Rome before losing to Norwegian player Casper Ruud. 

“I struggled during 2020. I did not start my season at best. I was often injured. It was a race against time to get back into shape. When I was ready, the season was suspended by the coronavirus pandemic”, said Berrettini. 

The Italian player ended the year in the top-10 but he had a season with ups and downs. 

“I struggled to settle on my ranking. What I achieved in 2019 was deserved, but it was unexpected. I need to play many matches to get the rhythm”. 

The defeat against Casper Ruud was the biggest disappointment of this year. 

“The match against Ruud was decided by just two points. If I had reached the semifinal, it could have been another season. This negative result was a learning experience. My team invited me to be relaxed and patient. I am confident for the future”. 

The 2020 season was highlighted by the great results achieved by Jannik Sinner, who reached the quarter final at Roland Garros and won his first title in Sofia. 

“Sinner is enjoying an impressive season. He is mature. At his age I did not think about winning a single match. He is playing with a clear plan for the future. Every point he plays is an investment. This is the secret to reach top level”. 

The countdown to the 2021 ATP Finals in Turin has begun. Yesterday marked marked the start of the ticket sale. 

“It’s a great period for Italian tennis. I really hope to qualify for the ATP Finals. It would be a good result, if an Italian player qualifies for the Turin ATP Finals. Besides me, Jannik Sinner and Fabio Fognini, Lorenzo Sonego i salso playing very well. There are many other players, who can achieve good results and give a great joy to Italian fans. There are many young players, who are hungry. Fans can be happy and confident for the future”, said Berrettini. 

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