Two years ago, Stefanos Tsitsipas was ranked 131st, just missing a cut for the Next Gen Masters in Milan. Last October, super talented Greek was already in the top-15, making stellar progress through the rankings and becoming the second Next Gen champion, ready to conquer the tennis world in 2019.
With nothing to stop him, Stefanos had entered the top-5 four months ago, reaching the semi-final at the Australian Open after a thrilling victory over Roger Federer and winning the title in Marseille in February before another final in Dubai.
Tsitsipas claimed the second crown of the season in Estoril before toppling Alexander Zverev and Rafael Nadal en route to the final of the Madrid Masters that he lost to Novak Djokovic, gathering more points to his tally and advancing into the semi-final in Rome and the fourth round at Roland Garros where Stan Wawrinka defeated him in one of the matches of the season.
With no success on grass, Stefanos was back on hard courts with the semi-final in Washington and that exciting clash with Nick Kyrgios, failing to win a match in the next two months following six straight losses. That all changed last week in Beijing where Stefanos lost in the final to Dominic Thiem, earning nice points and getting more this week in Shanghai where he toppled world no.
1 and the defending champion Novak Djokovic 3-6, 7-5, 6-3 after a brilliant performance. The Greek will play in the fourth Masters 1000 semi-final and has officially qualified for the ATP Finals, joining Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Daniil Medvedev and Dominic Thiem who had done that before him.
Thus, Stefanos will have the opportunity to make a debut in London at the elite ATP event, the best possible way to confirm his status of one of the best players in the world and fight for a notable title and 1500 points in November.
If he delivers his best tennis, Tsitsipas should be among the title favorites, especially after beating all three greatest rivals during this season.