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Stefanos Tsitsipas: ‘Rafa Nadal is someone I really respect and have always dreamed of beating’

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Stefanos Tsitsipas said he has always dreamed of beating Rafael Nadal ahead of facing the Spaniard in the Barcelona Open final tomorrow.

The 22-year-old Greek has beaten the 20-time Grand Slam winner twice in eight previous meetings – including their most recent clash at the Australian Open in February. The world No. 5 also beat Nadal on clay in the semi-finals of the Madrid Masters in 2019.

“It was very close. It was a close match. He had a lot of break point opportunities on my serve,” said Tsitsipas in an interview after beating Jannik Sinner in the Barcelona semi-finals.

“It could have been different, but I stayed tough and I converted those break points [I had]. That was crucial and very important.

“It feels great to be back [in the final]. I will try to redeem myself from last time. [Rafa] is someone that I really respect and have always dreamed of beating.

“The fact that I was able to do it this year pushes me to push myself. I feel like I need experiences like this to grow as a player. A final is always a very important phase in a tournament.”

(Photo credit Ray Giubilo)


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