Stefanos Tsitsipas beat Dominic Thiem 6-7 (6), 6-2, 7-6 (4) in the final of the eight best players of the year – ATP Finals – on November 17.
At the age of 21, Tsitsipas was the youngest player crowned at the ATP Finals since Lleyton Hewitt in 2001. In his first appearance, the Greek tennis player reached the final and defeated his senior Thiem thanks to his accuracy and calmness in decisive moment.
The first set struggled when both had a chance to win the game but couldn’t take advantage of it. In the tie-break series, Thiem actively attacked and led 3-0. Tsitsipas equalized 5-5 and then saved set-points. But Thiem still won 8-6 in this series thanks to a powerful serve at the deciding score.
Tsitsipas played focus in set two. 10 winner and only one broken error helped the 21-year-old player completely dominate Thiem in this set. Tsitsipas won two games to win the ball to win the set with a score of 6-2 and put the match into the deciding set.
Stefanos Tsitsipas 2-1 Dominic Thiem
Thiem also shows the bravery of a major player. After losing 1-3 in the deciding set, the Austrian won three games in a row before dragging the match into the tie-break series. There, Thiem made two consecutive defeats and was led 1-4, but attacked nonstop and equalized 4-4.
But at the right moment of mental advantage, Thiem continued to defeat two delicious forehands. Tsitsipas made no match-point mistakes. The second pitch of the Greek player forced Thiem to return the ball. Tsitsipas won 7-4 in a three-set tie-break series to win the ATP Finals on their first visit.
Since David Nalbandian defeated Roger Federer in 2005, Tsitsipas was the first player to win backwards after losing the first set in the final of the ATP Finals. The Greek player received $ 2,656 million in prize money and 1300 in ATP scoreboards. This is the fourth consecutive year, ATP Finals witnessed the new champion. Andy Murray (2016), Grigor Dimitrov (2017) and Alexander Zverev respectively took the throne three years ago.