Published: Mon, November 18, 2019
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Stefanos Tsitsipas: I'm really close to winning a grand slam

Stefanos Tsitsipas: I'm really close to winning a grand slam

Stefanos Tsitsipas confirmed his meteoric rise into the highest echelon of men's tennis by battling back to beat Austrian Dominic Thiem 6-7 (6) 6-2 7-6 (4) in a compelling title duel at the ATP Finals on Sunday.

Tsitsipas, who previous year won the Next Gen ATP Finals - a season-ending tournament for the best aged 21-and-under players, impressed with his composure and fearless attitude on debut to provide further confirmation of his burgeoning reputation.

"It's the same question every year at the end of the year, and I feel like I'm answering it the same way", he said.

"That's why it's probably mentally the most brutal sport existing, because you can play such a great match and end up losing in the championship match", Thiem said. Federer shook his head after missing two break points at 5-4 before sending a long backhand to open up match point for Tsitsipas. In the meantime, in Saturday night time's second semifinal match pitting world No. 5 Thiem towards world No. 7 Zverev, it was the Austrian who got here out on prime to ebook a spot within the closing.

Zverev demolished Nadal to reach the semi-finals in London, but was disappointing in a straight-sets defeat against Thiem. Within the deciding set tie-break Tsitsipas took a Four-2 lead however was pegged again to Four/Four.

Both players had impressed on serve during the tournament, with Tsitsipas's figures especially striking - 44 service games won out of 47 leading into the final.

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It's been quite a journey for Tsitsipas, who first met Thiem at the O2 Arena in 2016 when he was the world's top-ranked junior and was invited to be a hitting partner for the ATP Finals participants.

Tsitsipas commanded the second then went up a break in the third before Thiem rallied. Tsitsipas held easily after which produced a forehand down the road to interrupt once more, with Thiem threatening to unravel.

Thiem, who like Tsitsipas performs with a single-handed backhand, stemmed the tide however may make little impression on his opponent's serve and misplaced the set 6-2. Serving for the first set advantage at 5-3, Tsitsipas struggled to close it out but on his seventh set point, he moved ahead after a powerless return from Federer dropped into the net. He saved two crash points within the main game nonetheless seemed extra and additional shaky and became as soon as damaged to path 1-2. I was a break up in the third set, but couldn't hold it, but I'm so relieved with this outstanding performance I gave on the court.

But on the next point Tsitsipas earned a mini-break, giving him the chance to serve out for the match and he made no mistake, closing out the biggest victory of his career.

While Tsitsipas and Thiem reached the final in London, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic won two grand slams each in 2019. Germany's Alexander Zverev, like Greek Tsitsipas, was also 21 a year ago when he beat Novak Djokovic to win the season-ender in London. However Tsitsipas, who has overwhelmed each member of the "Big Three" in 2019, will go into the brand new season with the assumption he can take the subsequent step in direction of the apex of the boys's recreation.

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