"The differences compared to last year's final? Maybe last year we had the crowd. In the end there are no line referees, it's good that technology prevails instead of line judges. As for the court, I don't know any details.
differences and beyond all the real difference compared to last year is the absence of crowds." With these words Stefanos Tsitsipas highlighted what were the fundamental differences between his good 2019, the year during which he also won the ATP Finals, and his anonymous (if not bad) 2020.
A season to forget. Passing. Studded with endless problems, both from a physical, technical and mental point of view. There hasn't been the leap in quality that everyone was waiting for, and the excuse cannot be the lockdown or the absence of the crowd.
In fact, all his other rivals have however proved to be better prepared and fitter than the Greek. Tsitsipas started the season by participating in the new ATP Cup, where he failed to overcome the Round Robin, taking only one win against Alexander Zverev, and two defeats against Denis Shapovalov and Nick Kyrgios.
At the Australian Open he was defeated by Milos Raonic with a score of 5–7, 4–6, 62–7. In February he played the Rotterdam tournament where he was defeated in the second round by Aljaz Bedene in two sets.
Tsitsipas then returned to court the following week in Marseille, where he managed to confirm the title by beating Félix Auger-Aliassime in the final with a score of 6–3, 6–4. The following week he took part in the Dubai Tennis Championships, reaching the final as in the previous year's edition.
In the last act, however, he was defeated by world number one Novak Dokovic with a score of 6–3, 6–4.
Stefanos Tsitsipas' 2021: forget the past season
After the long stop due to the pandemic, the Greco returned on the court to the Western and Southern Open in the Flushing Meadowds bubble, where he went up to the semifinals, stopped by an excellent Milos Raonic.
At the US Open he was defeated in the third round by Borna Coric in the fifth set tiebreaker. He returned to the field in Rome, but was defeated in the first round by Jannik Sinner in three sets. The following week he participated in the Hamburg tournament where he reached his third final of the season, but was defeated by Rublev in three sets, after being 5-2 in the third set.
In Paris to compete in the French Open, where he reached Novak Djokovic in the semifinals, being brutally defeated. At the ATP 500 in Vienna he was defeated by Grigor Dimitrov, while in Paris-Bercy he was eliminated by Ugo Humbert in the first round.
Bad performances also at the ATP Finals, where Tsitsipas was defending champion. Basically he experienced in 2020 what had already happened to Alexander Zverev after winning the Finals. The German, despite a thousand problems outsite the court, still had a good season in 2020.
For 2021, Stefanos Tsitsipas will have to rediscover the mental confidence that was sensationally lacking in 2020. Today he looks like a player in a lower category than Medvedev, Zverev and Thiem. From every point of view. Age and time are still on his side, but among the rivals that improve faster, between the old men of the Old Gen who remain the strongest and the new generation like Jannik Sinner who push hard, Tsitsipas risks ending up in anonymous limbo.