Three years after practicing with Dominic Thiem as a hitting partner at the ATP Finals, Stefanos Tsitsipas will face the…
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“That was the first time I met him, 2016 here, as a hitting partner. Of course I saw that he’s playing great, but I didn’t put so much attention on it because other things to focus on,” Thiem said after his straight sets semi-final win over Alexander Zverev on Saturday night.
“And then he came on tour, and we played our first match last year in Doha, like two years ago almost, and there I saw and I also felt his amazing potential. Then at the end of the year already he was No. 14 or 15, and then everybody could see where his direction goes, only up.
“It’s amazing story for both of us, because probably both of us, we didn’t think that only three years later we were going to face each other in the finals.”
Thiem has toppled Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and defending champion Zverev, while Tsitsipas has also scored wins over the latter two, completing a convincing 6-3 6-4 triumph over Federer earlier on Saturday.
“Well, he [Tsitsipas] really deserves it [making the final]. He’s a good person,” Thiem added. “He’s a very good player with a very attractive style to watch, so it’s good to have him.”
“I always had a pretty good relationship with him, but of course at the Laver Cup we all get to know each other very close, and this year the chemistry was great, was really nice. We had a lot of fun,” he said.o
“But, yeah, once we take the step on the court, it’s a battle and we forget for two, three hours our friendships.”