Stefanos Tsitsipas is the man of the moment after he won the ATP Finals beating back to back Roger Federer and Dominic Thiem.
The Greek impressed in the semifinal against the Swiss sensation after he defeated him in straight sets. Tsitsipas demonstrated an unusual mental toughness for a 21-year-old that is facing such a celebrated champion on this kind of stage.
Tsitsipas was better than me. FEDERER
During the press conference that followed his match against the Greek, the Swiss praised him for how stable and effective he was to comment:
“The result shows. Even though spinning it into the body and then getting an error, I don’t know if that’s, like, mental toughness.
Sure, he didn’t double fault, he didn’t do anything silly, and he’s tough as nails. But, look, I don’t know. Look, I’m just, I’m frustrated I couldn’t play better, and when I did and fought my way back, I threw it away again.
Again, as I said, it was also part of him. He did come up with the goods when he had to, and he was better than me today. It’s year-end. It’s over now and I can’t make it better. I tried everything I could, to be honest, you know.
I tried to chip it eventually, tried to stay back and hit some. I tried to come forward. And for the most part I actually tried to play up in the court and tried to play aggressive, but of course with his aggression, it’s not always easy because he always takes the ball very early himself too. I knew he was going to be incredibly athletic. He was just a little bit better today at all those little things.”
Roger Federer’s ranking and performance in 2019
Ranked no.3, Federer played his last match on the 16th of November when he had to surrender to Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-3 6-4 in the semifinal in London.
This year the Swiss has a 51-10 win-loss record. Federer conquered 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’s ranking and performance in 2019
Ranked no.6, Stefanos 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 Stefanos has a 53-25 win-loss record. The Greek clinched 3 titles in 2019 in Marseille, in Estoril and in London. Stefanos was the finalist in Dubai, in Madrid and in Beijing.
Roger Federer and Stefanos Tsitsipas played each other 5 times. The head to head is 3-2 for Federer.
The last time that they squared off, Stefanos Tsitsipas won 6-3 6-4 in the semifinal in London on the 16th November 2019.
Here the highlights.
Roger Federer and Stefanos Tsitsipas
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