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Tsitsipas wins ATP Finals for the first time – win against Thiem

For Dominic Thiem and Stefanos Tsitsipas it was a final premiere in London at the tournament of the best.

17.11.2019, 21:58

Stefanos Tsitsipas won the ATP Finals for the first time.
Stefanos Tsitsipas won the ATP Finals for the first time.

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London. The Greek tennis shooting star Stefanos Tsitsipas has the first time ATP Finals won and celebrated the biggest title of his young career.

A day after the semi-final victory against record winner Roger Federerentschied the 21-year-old in London the final against five years older Austrian Dominic Thiem in a tiebreak thriller with 6: 7 (6: 8), 6: 2, 7: 6 ( 7: 4) for themselves. After 2:35 hours, Tsitsipas crowned himself the youngest winner since the Australian Lleyton Hewitt 2001 at the elite event of the best eight players of the year.

Third tournament victory for Tsitsipas

For Tsitsipas it was the third tournament victory this year after Marseille and Estoril and the fourth overall. For the title premiere of the World Ranking Sixth receives a prize money of about 2.7 million US dollars, Thiem gets 1.3 million dollars.

"A dream came true," the Greek had already said after his coup in the semifinals of the generations against the 17-year-old six-time tournament winner Federer. The day after it came to another show of strength even the dream of the title. After more than two and a half hours, Tsitsipas dropped his bat to the ground, dropped to his knees and earned a long hug from Thiem.

After his successes against Federer (semi-final), Alexander Zverev and Daniil Medvedev (both group) Tsitsipas went accordingly confident in the duel with the two-time French Open finalists. In the first sentence, both opponents delivered a balanced showdown. Thiem did not use his two break chances, Tsitsipas awarded three break points.

Tsitsipa's youngest player at finals since 1991

After 65 minutes it was the tiebreaker, in which Tsitsipas after a 5-2 5: 5 approached, but a little later Thiem decided passage one for himself. The second set began oddly, because Tsitsipas took two times the Austrian the service play. Tsitsipas managed again to get his outstanding performances against Zverev or Federer. The fast 4: 0 lead, he could not be taken and compensated for sets.

A year ago, the young Athletes from Athens played in the Next Gen ATP Finals for U-21 players in Milan and won the title there. As the number 15 in the world rankings, he launched into the season and caused a stir on the international stage at the Australian Open with his first knockout round win over Federer for the first time.

In London, he was now the youngest player since Jim Courier (then 21) in 1991, who reached the finals on his debut. In the third round the nerves came into play. Tsitsipas made the break to 2: 1, but Thiem struck back to 3: 3. The audience saw again a close duel at eye level, which went again in the tiebreak – this time with the better end for the nerve-racking Tsitsipas.

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