Stefanos Tsitsipas vs. Roger Federer
|Date & Time||Thursday January 3, 2019, 7:00 AM (EST)|
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Roger Federer and Stefanos Tsitsipas meet in the round robin stages of the 2018 tennis Hopman Cup.
Roger Federer is coming off a straight sets victory over Frances Tiafoe that took 17 games to decide. In the victory, Federer won 79 percent of his first serve points and 75 percent of his second serve points. Federer won 78 percent of his total service points and didn’t face a single break point in a victory that took just under an hour. Federer played a much cleaner match in his most recent performance and it’s quite clear there’s little to no rust after not playing for a little over a month. If Federer is going to win nearly 80 percent of his service points, he’s going to cruise in nearly every match he plays, and it’s that simple. Federer has won four of his last five matches on indoor hard court.
Stefanos Tsitsipas is coming off a three sets victory over Frances Tiafoe that took 31 games to decide. In the victory, Tsitsipas won 78 percent of his first serve points and 62 percent of his second serve points. Tsitsipas won 73 percent of his total service points and saved three of his four break points. Tsitsipas had a much needed bounce back performance after losing to Cameron Norrie in his opening match, but he’s still won 12 of his last 15 matches overall and is arguably the hottest player on tour these last couple months. However, this is the ultimate test for the 20-year-old Tsitsipas, who already has seven career wins over top-10 players. Tsitsipas has won eight of his last 11 matches on indoor hard court.
There’s no previous matches between these two players.
This is going to be a fun match that is a must watch for tennis fans, as Tsitsipas is ahead of the curve and appears ready to start knocking on the door of becoming a top-10 player. A win here would increase the weight of that bandwagon. Tsitsipas is capable of winning this match if he plays to his best ability, but there’s still moments in matches where he drops a level and allows his opponent to hang around. Heck, we saw it against Tiafoe. Federer pounces on those openings and puts matches away.
Tsitsipas will get there in due time, but right now Federer is still too good.