Back in December, we have written about Stefanos Tsitsipas as one of the biggest prospects among the young guns on the ATP Tour (you can read that article HERE) after a great 2017 season that has propelled him into the Top 100, with eyes set on even bigger goals in 2018. Stefanos won four ATP matches in 2017 and he matched that number already in February, advancing into the quarters at Doha and Dubai.
His results at Indian Wells and Miami were not that good but he managed to qualify for Monte Carlo and won the encounter against another youngster Denis Shapovalov before losing a tight second round match against David Goffin.
Carried by this momentum, Stefanos has been on a roll so far in Barcelona, defeating Corentin Moutet, Diego Schwartzman, Albert Ramos-Vinolas, Dominic Thiem and Pablo Carreno Busta to reach his first ATP final without losing a set!Thus, Tsitsipas has written the new pages of the Greek tennis history as the first player from this country in the ATP final since Nicholas Kalogeropoulos in 1973, 45 years ago! In addition, he is the first player born in 1998 who advanced into the title match at the ATP 500 level (Frances Tiafoe has won the first ATP title for their generation at Delray Beach in February but at ATP 250 level), joining some big names who were the leaders of their generations in that feat.
Established in 1990, the ATP 500 series has been placed between the lowest ATP 250 events and Masters 1000 series and it usually gathered a quality field of players and stood as a nice indicator of someone's capabilities. Going back to the players born in 1970 and Andre Agassi who reached the final in Washington in 1990, some of the greatest competitors from the last three decades have led their generations into the first ATP 500 final, including Pete Sampras, Michael Chang, Marcelo Rios, Tommy Haas, Marat Safin, Roger Federer, Andy Roddick, Stan Wawrinka, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Juan Martin del Potro, Kei Nishikori, Milos Raonic, Grigor Dimitrov, Dominic Thiem, Nick Kyrgios and Alexander Zverev! Of course, it doesn't have to mean anything but Stefanos has joined some mighty impressive players on this list and he certainly hopes to repeat what some of them have done in their careers.
All the players born from 1970 who reached the first ATP 500 final for their generation:
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