London: Stefanos Tsitsipas has develop into the primary Greek and one of many youngest gamers to win the ATP Finals after defeating Austria’s Dominic Thiem 6-7(6), 6-2 and 7-6(4).
At 21 years and three months, he’s simply behind Australia’s Lleyton Hewitt, who gained the tourney in 2001 in Sydney on the age of 20.
The Athens native, who gained the New Technology ATP Finals final yr in Milan and misplaced just one match in the course of the tourney (to Spain’s Rafael Nadal in the course of the group section), recovered vigorously after dropping the primary set on a tiebreak, in the end defeating Thiem in two hours and 35 minutes, stories Efe information.
Though he was having signs of cramps late within the match, Tsitsipas nonetheless managed to pocket a very powerful title of his profession up to now.
Though he took the primary set, Thiem then misplaced the primary 4 video games of the second set, profitable just one level throughout that point, a scenario from which he by no means recovered.
Within the last set on Sunday, though Tsitsipas went up by 3-1 at first, Thiem battled again and made it a contest, though he in the end went all the way down to defeat in a second tiebreak.
People John McEnroe (at 19 years, 11 months), Pete Sampras (20 years, three months) and Andre Agassi (20 years, three months), in addition to Germany’s Boris Becker (21 years, 13 days), have been the youngest gamers to win the title, however no American has managed to win the ATP Finals for 20 years, since Sampras triumphed in Hannover, Germany.
Tsitsipas, who’s now ranked No. 5 on the earth, already has gained 4 titles – three of them garnered this yr at Marseilles, France; Estoril, Portugal; and London – and he has gained three of them on coated courts.
Tsitsipas pocketed a verify for $2.65 million for the tourney win on Sunday night time, together with 1,300 ATP rating factors.
He had performed Thiem twice earlier than in Grand Slam finals – each at Roland Garros, in 2018 and 2019.
Regardless of the loss, Thiem will rise one slot on the earth rankings, now sitting at No. 4.
That is the fourth consecutive yr wherein a brand new champion has surged ahead to take the match after the victories of Britain’s Andy Murray in 2016, Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov in 2017 and Germany’s Alexander Zverev final yr.
Tsitsipas booked a spot within the championship match for the primary time with a 6-3, 6-Four victory in London on Saturday over six-time champion Roger Federer.
The Greek phenom had defeated the 38-year-old world No. Three in 4 shut units early this yr on the Australian Open and he checked out London’s O2 Enviornment like a participant who is aware of he belongs on the courtroom with the veteran Swiss nice.
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 e book a spot within the last.