Australian Open 2019: Stefanos Tsitsipas enjoys a match against the idol Roger Federer



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Stefanos Tsitsipas is the youngest player ranked in the top 20 in the world
Australian Open 2019: Federer v Tsitsipas
Meeting place: Rod Laver Arena Date: Sunday, January 20 Hour: 08:00 GMT
Coverage: Listen to live commentary on BBC Radio 5 extra live sports, BBC Sounds and online; Follow the text updates on the BBC Sport website; See the highlights on BBC Two and online at 18:00 GMT.

If you're not sure how to do something, these days, you can usually go to YouTube for guidance.

Maybe when you want to learn a new cooking recipe, or when you're having problems with a little DIY. Maybe when you get stuck on the pronunciation of a misleading spelling tennis player.

Prodigious Greek talent Stefanos Tsitsipas? He used the website to share videos to learn from his idol Roger Federer.

Now the pair will be filmed on the court in a case of master versus apprentice when they meet in the fourth round of the Australian Open at Rod Laver Arena.

It will be their first competitive meeting, even though they played in the Hopman Cup last month when Federer won a tight victory in two sets.

"It will be a great day for him in one of the best arenas in the world, I am very excited," said Tsitsipas.

An emerging talent facing a player who has been placed on a pedestal in his formative years is nothing unusual.

There is, however, unusual about Tsitsipas, 20 years old, compared to his peers.

A style of play described as "from the old school", his own travel vlog, the love of photography, a flowing mane … it all adds up to Tsitsipas being one of the most talked about young talents on the ATP Tour.

Roger Federer won his only previous meeting with Stefanos Tsitsipas in the Hopman Cup in December

& # 39; I would love to have more friends on the tour & # 39;

Tsitsipas' liking for wandering through the cities they visit and filming what they see, describing those scenes in their social media accounts with what can be interpreted as "philosophical" messages, has led some audiences, and some might say they are cruel Nick Kyrgios and other companions.

After his victory in the third round over Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia, Tsitsipas admitted that he does not have many friends in the locker room.

"I think I feel comfortable meeting new people and talking to someone," he said when asked about his shyness.

"Not many of the players want to be friends on the tour, that's a problem.

"That's a problem unless you speak the same language." That makes sense.

"But I would love to have more friends on the tour."

Greek journalist Vicky Georgatou, who met him as a teenager, says that being what some might call "lonely" is nothing new for Tsitsipas.

"His father told me that when Stefanos was a child, he did not have many friends," he told BBC Sport.

"But he liked it that way, it was not a problem.

"He's not like the other guys on their phones, playing games, he likes to take pictures, he likes to read, it's very different."

Reminds you of someone? Tsitsipas has modeled his backhand with one hand in Federer

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Above all, Tsitsipas is proving to be a very good tennis player.

No Greek man had reached the top 100 in the world until the teenager of that time broke it in October 2017, regardless of his current ranking of 15.

That became trophies when he won his first ATP Tour title at the Stockholm Open last October, improving that and gaining more attention around the world, with the victory in the NextGen Finals in December.

"When I saw him play for the first time, I knew he would do something big," Georgatou said.

"Most children play with two-handed hands, and when I saw him playing with my hand, I loved it."

"He plays old-school tennis, he has a very good forehand, that is his strength, but he also serves him well and has that beautiful backhand that is also powerful."

"He has variety in his game, he goes to the net, he plays a lot, he can be unpredictable."

"Sometimes his style reminds me of Federer, he was his idol and I watched him a lot, you can see the impact of Federer."

Stefanos Tsitsipas
Tsitsipas said recently that he used film and photography as a way to explore the different countries in which the tournaments are held.

Bring the hopes of a nation and inspire it

Greece had never made an important dent in the men's tennis circuit until Tsitsipas announced his arrival last year.

But it seemed clear that he would end up becoming a beacon for tennis in his nation from an early age.

Born into a tennis family, his mother Julia Salnikova was a Fed Cup player for Russia, his father Apostolos was, and still is, his coach, Tsitsipas first picked up a three-year-old racket.

Georgatou, who works for the Greek sports website SDNA, says that even when he met him as a teenager, he had plans to inspire a revolution in tennis at home.

"When I was young he said he wanted to become one of the top 10 players and have children play tennis in Greece," he said.

"Greece is a country where people are crazy about football and basketball, that will never change."

"I think Stefanos is fine now, and Maria Sakkari too [the Greek women’s number one] – It will become the number three sport in Greece and people will start to see it.

"I hope that leads to more children picking up a racquet and playing."

There has been a large number of Greek supporters for Stefanos Tsitsipas' matches at the Australian Open.

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Winning trophies and being ranked among the best players in the world has already seen Tsitsipas attract fervent support here in Melbourne, a city known for its huge Greek community.

During his first three games, he received the support of an enthusiastic audience that sang regularly on a football terrace and displayed several blue and white Greek flags when they had the chance.

However, it seems unlikely that he will receive the same amount of support in Rod Laver Arena: one, because it is against the very dear Federer and also because it is a field where the Greek contingent simply can not accumulate.

But that could help him, according to Georgatou.

"He always tells me he's playing for the flag, he's a very proud Greek boy," he said.

"I think he's not crazy about all this attention, I'm not sure he's feeling pressure, but he's not used to it."

"He likes to be loved by people, but I think he gets distracted sometimes.

"He told me that the first game was difficult and then I think he got used to it.

"He's a quiet guy, he prefers tennis like he is."

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