The 22-year-old Stefanos Tsitsipas established himself as one of the players to beat on the men's Tour. The Greek claimed the first notable title at the ATP Finals in London 2019 and defeated Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic on the biggest tennis stage to make a name for himself.
It is never easy for players from small tennis nations to prove their quality and follow the same path as those from more prosperous countries. Passing all those obstacles, Stefanos successfully found his place under a tennis sun, standing as the youngest player in the top-10 and a contender at Majors and the Masters 1000 events.
Stefanos wrote history as the youngest players with victories over Federer, Nadal and Djokovic, completing the feat in 2018 and 2019 and gathering a boost to chase even higher goals. Patrick Mouratoglou has been working with Stefanos since 2015, embracing him at his Academy and passing his tennis knowledge to the youngster.
Often watching his matches from the box at joined events, Mouratoglou reminded that Stefanos has the biggest scalps in his collection, expecting more of the same from him in the years to come.
Patrick Mouratoglou honored his pupil Stefanos Tsitsipas.
"I think Stefanos' level of tennis is very high.
When he plays at his best, he can defeat anyone. Stefanos has already beaten the world's best players. He took down Roger Federer at a Major and Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic at the Masters 1000 level. Stefanos' main problem comes when he plays below his usual level; in those cases, he can suffer early losses at big tournaments, like against Borna Coric in New York last year.
You have good days and bad days during a Major that lasts for 15 days. Major champions are capable of winning a match even on a bad day. Stefanos used to panic while not delivering his greatest level to the court, and those moments are psychological and a matter of tactics.
When he is down or chasing the result, his strokes are flat and fast, which makes him missing a lot. When you play flat, the ball returns the same way, and you can't speed up the point and take the pressure off your back.
It puts you under even greater stress. I think Stefanos has understood that, and now he plays with more height and depth in the moments when he is not in the leading position. I believe that Stefanos can win a Major title; it's a matter of time, but it's hard to tell when it would come. The most important thing is that he is on the right track," Patrick Mouratoglou said.