Two months after winning the ATP Next Gen Finals in Milan in 2018, Stefanos Tsitsipas reached the Australian Open semi-final, defeating Roger Federer in four tight sets. Two rounds later, the Greek lost the semi-final clash to Rafael Nadal, winning only six games but learning a lot from that encounter.
Two years later, Tsitsipas is world no. 6 and the five-time ATP champion, claiming his biggest trophy at the ATP Finals 2019. Stefanos made a rock-solid start to the current season, beating Alex de Minaur and Roberto Bautista in straight sets at the ATP Cup and building momentum ahead of the Australian Open.
The young Greek scored convincing victories over Gilles Simon and Mikael Ymer and struggled against Thanasi Kokkinakis, whom he beat in five sets, reaching the last eight and facing Rafael Nadal, just like two years ago. Patrick Mouratoglou praised the Greek and his start of the season, saying he should chase Major titles very soon.
Explaining his early exits in the past, Patrick noted that Stefanos plays on a higher level now, keeping his focus when the result is not in his favor and finding a way to bring those matches home. Also, Mouratoglou assures that the Greek should soon become a Major champion, already beating Roger Federer at a Major, Novak Djokovic at the Masters 1000 series and Rafael Nadal on his beloved home Madrid clay.
Patrick Mouratoglou praised Stefanos Tsitsipas and his abilities.
"Stefanos is ready; he is playing great tennis at the moment, and I know he's going to win Majors. His high level is extremely high, and he can beat anybody, which he already did - Federer at a Major, Novak at the Masters 1000 level and Rafa on Madrid clay.
When he isn't performing at his best, his level wasn't that great in the past; that's why he experienced some early losses at Majors. Over two weeks at a Major event, you have good and bad days. One of the components you need to have to go all the way is win matches on a bad day.
Stefanos tended to panic a bit in those moments, which is a mental and tactical issue. Panicking, he played too fast and flat, gathering more stress on his shoulder with that approach. Changing that, Stefanos now plays with more height and depth while feeling the pressure, making clear improvements in that area.
He played well at the ATP Cup ahead of the Australian Open, overcoming a bad day against Kokkinakis to find his way towards the win. That's a good sign, and I think he is ready to win a Major. It's difficult to say when, but it's a question of time," said Patrick Mouratoglou.