Stefanos Tsitsipas dropped his bat, sank to his knees and buried his face in his hands as stunned as drunk with joy Sunday won the ATP Finals and secured the first major title of his auspicious career. The tennis world has a new hero.
With 6: 7 (6: 8), 6: 2, 7: 6 (7: 4) the 21-year-old defeated the Austrian Dominic Thiem. He follows on the German last year's winner Alexander Zverev, who had lost on Saturday in the semifinals against Thiem. "It was a roller coaster ride, thanks to my team for making my dreams come true," Tsitsipas said: "This tournament was incredible, I have never felt so much support." Tsitsipas made his debut in London on his way to the final after wins against Daniil Medvedev and Zverev and a narrow defeat against Rafael Nadal in the knockout round record winner Roger Federer off. Now he succeeded in the seventh comparison with Thiem the third victory. Tsitsipas is thus the youngest winner of the prestigious elite event since the Australian Lleyton Hewitt in 2001. Before their duel over the ATP crown Tsitsipas and Thiem had heaped praise on each other. While Thiem called the young Greek a "giant player", whom he too "likes to watch", Tsitsipas described his opponent as a role model, which "inspired" him and made him a "better version of myself". In the match, the great mutual was To feel respect for everything at first. After a slow start, however, the game picked up noticeably in the middle of the first set. Above all, the sometimes long duels of their one-handed back hands fascinated the audience. Both players earned their varied chances, a break was still successful at first none. After more than an hour, the decision fell in the tiebreak in favor of Thiem. In the second set Tsitsipas then started furiously with a double break and led fast with 4: 0. With two more sovereign serve games he enforced the decision set. Also there managed the youngest player in this year's field participants early break the first, but Thiem countered. The decision fell again after 2:35 hours in the tiebreak, this time with the better end for Tsitsipas. As the winner of the Best of the Year, he receives a winner's check for $ 1.35 million.