Stefanos Tsitsipas wants more moments and tournaments like the Australian Open, where he defeated Roger Federer on his way to the first Grand Slam semifinal of his career.
The 20-year-old Greek returned to competition this week in Sofia, but he is still coming down from his fourth-round win against his childhood idol.
"It was a magical moment that I will never forget," he was quoted by the ATP as telling press in Sofia. "Obviously, next time, when we face again, it is going to be different. He will know what to expect. And I have to be more prepared for that. I like to play this kind of players. You can learn a lot of things. Even when I win, I still can learn a lot of things from them. These are the moments I am playing tennis for."
Tsitsipas fell to Rafael Nadal in straight sets in the semifinals, but wants more chances to play the biggest names. He also defeated Novak Djokovic while getting to his first Masters final at Toronto, and won his first ATP title at Stockholm.
"I knew it was a big chance and I could potentially make the final. I thought I was playing really well. I really wanted to take the best from this tournament. I felt disappointed," he said. "I really want badly to beat Djokovic, Nadal, and Federer, and Marin [Cilic], and whoever else in the future. Because, as I said previously, these players will make me a better player."
Tsitsipas is No. 12 in the rankings.
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