21-year-old Stefanos Tsitsipas (Greece, 6) successfully defeated Dominic Thiem (Austria, 5) with a score of 2-1 (6/7, 6/2, 7/6) in the ATP Finals to be the youngest champion in the tournament’s 18 years.
Tsitsipas with the prestigious trophy for 8 excellent players of the year
This is a match between two highly performing players in the tournament when Tsitsipas topped the table with Rafael Nadal (Spain, 1) and emerging players like Daniil Medvedev (Russia, 4). ) or Alexander Zverev (Germany, 7). Meanwhile, Thiem excelled at both Novak Djokovic (Serbia, 2) and Roger Federer (Switzerland, 3) to top the Bjorn Borg.
Therefore, this final took place attractive from the beginning when both were very determined. No player could break each other’s serve in the first game, which caused this game to be solved with a tie-break series. With more accurate shots, Thiem won the match with an extra score of 8/6.
However, the situation of the second game completely belonged to the Greek tennis player when he had 2 goals to break the ball to take the lead 4/0 before ending this game with a score of 6/2. The decisive game was also tense and attractive when Tsitsipas took the lead before 3/1 but Thiem was promptly back to 3/3.
Once again the game must enter a tie-break series. This time, however, the victory went to Tsitsipas with an extra score of 7/4 and helped him win a major title in this tournament right on his first appearance.
Speaking after the victory, the young Greek player said: “I cannot know my feelings right now. Incredibly, I will be remembered as the champion of 2019. The dream has come true.”
This is also the fourth consecutive year the tournament has won a new champion since the victories of Andy Murray in 2016, Gregor Dimitrov in 2017 and Alexander Zverev last year. Tsitsipas also became the youngest champion in this tournament since Lleyton Hewitt (Australia) made in 2001.