Stefanos Tsitsipas was among the selected players who competed at last week’s fifth Laver Cup. The Greek made a great start on an opening day at London’s O2 Arena, toppling Diego Schwartzman and skipping Saturday’s action.
Tsitsipas was back on the court on Sunday, and Team Europe’s eyes were set on him in a must-win encounter against Frances Tiafoe. Everything worked fine for Stefanos against his coeval, winning the opening set in no time and creating four match points in the second set tie break!
Tiafoe endured those, stole the breaker and prevailed in the match tie break to seal the deal and bring the first Laver Cup crown for Team World. Results aside, the entire event was a perfect setting for Roger Federer’s retirement, with the 20-time Major winner leaving his beloved sport after 25 years on the Tour.
Tsitsipas praised Federer, calling him his idol and the reason why he plays a one-handed backhand! Despite a tough loss, Stefanos left London with great memories, spending a couple of fun days and sleeping with a racquet signed by Federer himself!
Stefanos Tsitsipas slept with a racquet signed by Roger Federer.
Roger ended his career at the Laver Cup following ongoing setbacks with a knee injury that required three surgeries. Federer finished the 2019 season inside the top-3, hoping for more in the upcoming year.
Instead, Roger has played only six tournaments since the beginning of 2020. He experienced a knee injury and underwent surgery in February. Federer missed the rest of the 2020 season and hoped for a fresh start in 2021. It came in March, and he looked good after three victories at Roland Garros.
Roger withdrew ahead of the fourth-round clash with Matteo Berrettini to preserve his knee for the beloved grass swing. The pain was still there, though, and Federer experienced his earliest Halle loss to Felix Auger-Aliassime.
Roger entered his 22nd Wimbledon, the last singles event of his career! The Swiss stopped the clock and passed four obstacles despite ongoing pain. Roger faced Hubert Hurkacz in the quarter-final and suffered a 6-3, 7-6, 6-0 loss, feeling terrible on the court in the third set and undergoing his third surgery a few weeks later.
Federer could not make another return, failing to train injury-free and ending his career by playing doubles with Rafael Nadal at the Laver Cup last Friday. Roger and Stefanos met four times in 2019, with the Greek stunning the Swiss at the Australian Open. Federer bounced back in the Dubai final before they split wins during the indoor part of the season for 2-2.