At the end of 2016, Stefanos Tsitsipas was the upcoming youngster from the small tennis country who cracked the top-100 a year later and moved closer to the top at the end of 2018. Already ranked in the top-15 at the age of 20, Stefanos became the Masters 1000 title contender and the one to rely upon in the future, delivering excitement to the tennis court and working hard on the improvements that would carry him towards the ATP throne.
In the season behind us, the young Greek scored 54 victories and claimed titles in Marseille, Estoril and the ATP Finals to wrap it up in the top-6, scoring triumphs over Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer and showing his full potential.
In London, Stefanos made a perfect debut and went all the way to lift the trophy, becoming the sixth-youngest ATP Finals champion and setting eyes on even more success in 2020 when he wants to win a Major, the first Masters 1000 crown and finish the year in the top-3!
Tsitsipas defeated Novak Djokovic in the semi-final of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship, setting the final clash against Rafael Nadal and looking like one of the contenders for the ATP throne in 2020. The Greek almost blew away the advantage he had over Novak in the second set, taking it in the tie break and controlling the pace in the decider with an early break that allowed him to reach the final on Abu Dhabi debut.
At the age of 21, Stefanos stands as one of the players to watch in the future, eager to work on his game even harder and write the history of the Greek tennis, as they never had such a top-tier player before. "I understand that our tennis era is changing in a way, with the top-3 getting older and we are the ones that are coming up," Tsitsipas said.
"One of my goals for next year would be to win a Grand Slam title and finish the year in the top three, make the ATP World Finals again and win a Masters 1000 event. But I don't want a Grand Slam title to be a matter of life and death to me."