Travel back 18 years. It’s 2001 Wimbledon. Roger Federer, A youthful, best in class tennis star with long hair and a smooth, odd one-gave strike is going up against one of the mammoths of tennis. He’s triumphant, and the minute feels enormous, such as something is going on past the groundstrokes being traded on the grass.
Go along with us today now. We’re at the Australian Open. A youthful, cutting-edge tennis star with long hair and a smooth, odd one-gave strike is going up against one of the goliaths of tennis. He’s triumphant, and the minute feels enormous, such as something is occurring past the groundstrokes being traded on the hardcourt.
Eighteen years prior, it was a youthful Roger Federer going up against Pete Sampras, beating the American legend in a match that felt like a going of the light. Today, it was 20-year-old Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece, previous world junior No. 1, who beat Federer.
2001: 19-year-old Roger Federer beats seven-time champion Pete Sampras in the Wimbledon round of 16
2019: 20-year-old Stefanos Tsitsipas beats six-time champion Roger Federer in the Australian Open round of 16 pic.twitter.com/kqppfl5O4o
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It was hard not to feel the association. To detect the occasion. We’ve seen this previously.
Roger Federer, 37, was only a 19-year-old child with a terrible pig tail and a strong pattern amusement in 2001. In any case, in his match against Sampras, a legend at Wimbledon who’s capacity serve-and-volley amusement had brought him supported accomplishment on the smooth grass, he demonstrated that he could be in excess of a youthful upstart.
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He demonstrated that he had the makings of enormity.
In a dazzling fourth set, which even at the time felt like a prize battle, the youthful Federer warded off everything from Sampras, who attempted to menace him with his capacity. Roger Federer continued restoring the serves, continued fending off the surge. He could have withdrew, been overpowered like incalculable adversaries Sampras had previously. He didn’t. He kept his quiet, continued fending it off. At that point he began beating Sampras.
Tsitsipas and Roger Federer don’t have the clashing styles that Federer and Sampras had. Both are control standard players, in contrast to Sampras’ crushing serve-and-volley diversion. Tsitsipas even mirrors Federer’s one-gave strike, a little touch that made the entire thing feel much increasingly creepy.
After the match, Tsitsipas conceded he’d grown up adoring Federer.
“Roger is a legend in our game and I have such a great amount of regard for him,” Tsitsipas stated, by means of USA TODAY Sports. “I adored him since I was six and it was a fantasy for me to be on Rod Laver with him.”
Tsitsipas is the child of two tennis masters – his mother is a previous junior world No. 1 – so it’s conceivable he watched that coordinate in 2001. Be that as it may, it’s difficult to envision he would have valued it, or can recollect it well. He would have been only two years of age.