Roland Garros 2020: Stefanos Tsitsipas, the charismatic, talented young man and youtuber who wants to lower Novak Djokovic

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The 22-year-old Greek has hilarious behind-the-scenes stories at tournaments and is passionate about photography.

Young, charismatic and talented like few others, Stefanos Tsitsipas is one of the faces of the young generation that has already established itself in the elite and increasingly threatens the reign of the Big Three. And this usual youtuber He will go this Friday to give the blow to Roland Garros, where he must beat Novak Djokovic to reach the final.

The 22-year-old Greek and world number six long ago it stopped being a promise. Winner of five titles, including last year’s London Masters, he is one of the best players on the professional circuit. And he is ready to write his name in the great history of tennis.

“The Next Gen is no longer the Next Gen. We are all young adults. I am a mature player,” Tsitsipas clarified after beating the Russian Andrey Rublev to advance to the semi-finals at Roland Garros for the first time in his career.

He reflected: “At some point we will have to win a Grand Slam. Federer, Nadal and Djokovic have been at the top for a long time. But they won’t be there much longer. I feel like everything is going to be different in five or six years“.

Despite his youth, the Greek already gave several blows of effect on the circuit courts. Last year he added victories against those three living legends who have dominated tennis for years. In March made it into the top 10 for the first time, an elite group that he no longer abandoned.

And in November, he graduated from “Maestro” by dedicating himself to the London tournament that brings together the best eight of the season with a win over Dominic Thiem.

In this 2020 he added his fifth title, the second in Marseille, and was a finalist in Dubai (lost to Djokovic) before the suspension of the season. In his first tournament after the restart, the Cincinnati Masters 1,000, he reached the semifinals and lost to the Canadian Milos Raonic. And then he reached a new final in Hamburg, where he lost to Rublev, just before traveling to Paris.

In the French Grand Slam he scored victories against the Spanish Jaume Munar, the Uruguayan Pablo Cuevas, the Slovenian Aljaz Body, Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov and Rublev to advance to the semis.

“What if I expected to reach this stage? No. I did not even expect to play the semis in Australia,” he confessed, recalling the 2019 edition of the ocean tournament, the first and last time he had gotten into the top four of a “great” ,

“It’s a dream, for sure. Since I was a kid I’ve wanted to succeed in these Grand Slams. I’m happy to be in the position I’m in. It’s very satisfying. I’m chasing something spectacular,” added Tsitsipas, an “atypical” inside and out. off the pitch.

Like his idol Roger Federer, he is one of the few players with a one handed backhand, a rarity in modern tennis. He complements that shot perfectly with a powerful forehand, excellent serve and his ability to play with equal ease from the back of the court or at the net.

But Stef He is also quite a character. Although he recognizes himself as very shy, the Greek is always the protagonist of funny moments with his colleagues behind the scenes of tournaments and even during matches. His ability to move in front of the cameras has a reason for being. For five years, he has shared his day-to-day life on his YouTube channel, where he already has 169 thousand followers.

Very active in social networks, on his Instagram account he lets his artistic side fly and shares, in addition to images of the tournaments he takes part, photos he takes on his travels. “Photography is for me a way to shape human perception,” he once explained. And on Twitter he often posts his thoughts and reflections on life.

Although his multiple passions and hobbies do not make him lose focus and tennis is still the most important thing for him. Talented and passionate, Tsitsipas is getting stronger on the circuit. It is a matter of time before you write your name in history. Will Paris be the setting for your first great Grand Slam success?

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