Stefanos Tsitsipas in 2019 not only became a highest ranked Greek tennis player, taking the 5th line of the ATP rating for the first time, but also won the nomination “athlete of the year” in his homeland.
This is a great honor. It was very important for me to get this recognition. This is the best way to end this year. This season has been difficult periods, a lot of stress. I will try to continue to achieve success so that I will get this award more than once, “said Stefanos
In this article, we will try to recall the main points of the successful season of Stefanos.
Stefanos shocked the tennis community at the Australian Open in 2019. In the fourth round of the competition, Greek knocked Roger Federer. It is worth noting that Federer was able to win only one set in this match. Stefanos finished his performance in Australia at the semifinal level. Rafael Nadal in three sets outplayed Tsitsipas.
In the next few months, Stefanos Tsitsipas won two titles in Marseille and Estoril. And also lost to Roger Federer in the final of the competition in Dubai.
Also, the Greek successfully performed in Madrid and Rome. He was able to reach the final in Madrid, where he lost to Novak Djokovic 3/6, 4/6. In the semifinals of the tournament in Rome, the Greek again was stopped by the “Clay king” Rafael Nadal.
In the next part of the season, Stefanos performed poorly. Most likely he was tired after the first half of the season.
The Greek was able to gather strength and perform well at the end of the season. In Beijing, Stefanos reached the finals of the competition but lost to Dominic Thiem there. In Shanghai, Tsitsipas defeated Novak Djokovic in the quarterfinals and lost to Daniil Medvedev in the next match.
Federer again beat Tsitsipas at the tournament in Basel, this time at the semi-final stage. In Paris, at the Masters series tournament, the Greek reached the quarter-finals, where he ousted Novak Djokovic.
All these results helped Stefanos qualify for the final ATP championship.
In the final of the final tournament, Stefanos defeated Dominic Thiem with a score of 6/7, 6/2, 7/6.
Infographic: Player Stats Stefanos Tsitsipas in 2019
It is also worth noting the following successes of the Greek in 2019.
Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas this season at least once beat each representative of the current Top 10.
In particular, Rafael Nadal in Madrid, Novak Djokovic in Shanghai, Roger Federer at the Australian Open and the ATP Final tournament, Dominic Thiem and Daniel Medvedev at the ATP Finals, Alexander Zverev in Madrid, Shanghai and London, Matteo Berrettini and Roberto Bautista Agut in Australian Open, and Gael Monfils in Dubai.
Video: Stefanos Tsitsipas best shots in 2019