‘Roger Federer has the ability to adapt to…’, says top journalist
Stefanos Tsitsipas closed the ninth day of competition at the Mutua Madrid Open on Wednesday, sealing his pass to the round of 16. The Greek made his Caja Mágica debut beating Lucas Pouille in straight sets (6-3, 6-4) and spending an hour and seven minutes at the Manolo Santana stadium.
The fourth seed of the Masters 1000 which takes place in the Spanish capital entered the scene under the spotlights of the night session without leaving little choice to the French tennis player, invited with a wild card by the organization.
The 2019 clay-court runner-up from Madrid is looking to follow up with the good guys on the European tour after the title in Monte Carlo and the quarter-finals in Barcelona. Tsitsipas managed to reign in the exchange of three breaks in a row.
The Athenian unbalanced the balance in the fourth game (3-1), recovered Puglia in the fifth (3-2) and again the advantage was placed on the Greek side (4-2). This minimal advantage of a break was enough to define the first set in half an hour.
The ATP No.5 was enough with an initial break in the second act to manage the income until finishing the victory without being barely disturbed by the Frenchman. With an ace, the seventh on his private account, Tsitsipas recorded his eighth clay-court victory at this course, by a single stumble.
This Thursday, the current Roland Garros finalist will seek the quarter-finals against Grigor Dimitrov. The Bulgarian reached the round of 16 after beating American Maxime Cressy (6-2, 7-6) and Argentinian Diego Schwartzman (6-0, 6-3), without dropping a single set along the way.
The question we all want to know regarding Roger Federer is if he can win another Grand Slam in his career before calling it a day.
King Roger underwent three operations
Roger Federer is one of the greatest players of all time.
He is revered for his exploits on the pitch and the way he performed off the pitch. “I don’t presume to know how he developed personally. I’m not his friend, not a family member. An interview is an interview.
Here, it is very pleasant, very open. He hasn’t changed at all in some areas – even though he’s become a billionaire in the meantime (laughs). He always asks questions. My first conversation in 2001 was less an interview than a conversation.
And in 2019, the last time I spoke to him was the same,” Clarey said. The American highlighted how the Swiss still conducts himself appropriately despite so many commitments to various people. “And a chameleon: he adapts to the situation in which he finds himself.
With the sponsors it goes one way, with his colleagues in the locker room the other, he jokes. And towards journalists, he is very attentive. His mother is South African, his father Swiss, he’s just a very adaptable person,” Clarey added.