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Tsitsipas relishes dream Federer clash

3 January 2019, by Hopman Cup

World No.15 Stefanos Tsitsipas will be aiming to create his own Roger Federer-themed YouTube highlight when he takes on the 20-time Grand Slam winner at Mastercard Hopman Cup.

Tsitsipas grew up idolising Federer, but he is yet to play against the 37-year-old.

The rising star was meant to practice with Federer in Dubai recently, but those plans were scrapped because of their different schedules.

Now Tsitsipas will get the chance to confront Federer in a match situation during Greece’s clash with Switzerland.

“It’s going to be exciting. I’ve been dreaming of that for a long time,” Tsitsipas said of playing Federer.

“He’s in pretty good form. I’m going to have to raise my level more.

“I used to watch him on YouTube … the rivalry between him and Rafa. Most of his Wimbledon and US Open finals.

“I respect him a lot. He’s the guy I respect the most on the tour. He’s going to give me a hard time on the court.”

Federer has been flawless at the Hopman Cup to date, winning both of his singles and doubles matches.

The world No.3 beat Cameron Norrie 6-1 6-1, before disposing of American Frances Tiafoe 6-4 6-1.

Federer has trained with Tsitsipas at the Australian Open and Wimbledon.

The Swiss maestro has been impressed by what he’s seen of Tsitsipas over the past year, but he doesn’t want to put any added pressure on the rising star.

“I don’t like to put pressure on guys and call them out and say ‘watch out for him’ and then he’s got to be under that weight for the rest of his career,” Federer said.

“I can only judge from this year what he did and what I saw looked very nice, so I think he’s going to be a top player for many years to come.”

In the women’s singles rubber, Belinda Bencic will take on Maria Sakkari in another first-time meeting at Mastercard Hopman Cup.