After enjoying a steady rise in the world rankings in his first two years in the ATP Tour, Stefanos Tsitsipas has finally had his breakthrough in 2019. He has won three titles in the tour this year, including the ATP Finals in London. It was also this year that he reached his career peak of no. 5 in the world rankings. With an impressive showing in 2019 tournaments, Tsitsipas looks like a potential candidate for world no. 1.
Stefanos Tsitsipas thinks he has what it takes to defeat Federer, Nadal, Djokovic
With his major improvement in 2019, Tsitsipas has become confident about his prospects in the tennis court. He has made a bold declaration, saying that he will achieve a Grand Slam win soon. This means that he would be the first person since 2016 to win any of the four Grand Slam tournaments that do not have the last name of Djokovic, Nadal or Federer.
He said that he feels he has become a strong player overall. He also thinks that his team will have a huge role in the moves he will make towards a Grand Slam win. Additionally, Tsitsipas thinks that with the amount of work that he puts into his training, a Grand Slam win is going to be attainable for him soon.
The young Greek player has not made his desire to move up the rankings a secret. He has been outspoken about not wanting to wait until the Big Three retires before he reaches the peak of the rankings.
Tsitsipas’ 2019 record vs The Big Three
Tsitsipas faced Roger Federer four times in the 2019 tennis calendar. Their most notable game is perhaps during the ATP Finals when the younger player blocked the Swiss Maestro’s quest for another year-end win.
He was less lucky with Rafael Nadal, who he battled four times in 2019. Tsitsipas only won in the Madrid Open. On the other hand out of the three 2019 face-offs with Novak Djokovic, Tsitsipas only prevailed over the Serbian in the Shanghai Masters.
Tsitsipas among those tipped to become Big Three’s successors
With his massive rise in 2019, more and more people think that Tsitsipas just might be one of the younger players who will serve as the Big Three’s successors. Federer even said so, enumerating the young Greek as one of the two younger tennis stars that he is watching out for in the next season. Alexander Zverev is the other player that Federer mentioned.
2014 U.S. Open winner Marin Cilic also counts Tsitsipas among three young players that will keep elite men’s tennis’ future bright. He thinks that along with Grigor Dimitrov and Denis Shapovalov, the world no. 6 will have an interesting 2020 tennis season.
Tsitispas odds of winning the Australian Open
According to Bet365, Stefanos is the 5th favorite to win the Australian Open in January. He is quoted at 13 after Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, and Daniil Medvedev.
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Stefanos Tsitsipas’s ranking and performance in 2019
Ranked no.6, the Greek played his last match on the 17th of November when he beat Dominic Thiem 6-76 6-2 7-64 in the final in London to win his 4th career title.
This year the Greek has a 53-25 win-loss record. Tsitsipas has won 3 titles in 2019 in Marseille, in Estoril and in London. Stefanos was the finalist in Dubai, in Madrid and in Beijing.
Roger Federer’s ranking and performance in 2019
Ranked no.3, Roger played his last match on the 16th of November when he surrendered to Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-3 6-4 in the semifinal in London.
This year the Swiss has a 51-10 win-loss record. The Swiss clinched 4 titles in 2019 in Dubai, in Miami, in Halle and in Basel. The Swiss was the finalist in Indian Wells and in Wimbledon.
Stefanos Tsitsipas and Roger Federer played each other 5 times. The head to head is 3-2 for Federer.
The last time that they fought against each other, Stefanos Tsitsipas won 6-3 6-4 in the semifinal in Nitto Atp Finals on the 16th November 2019.
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