Stefanos Tsitsipas —
“The great thing about Tsitsipas is that he can play [well] on every surface,” praised Paul Annacone, who coached Pete Sampras and Roger Federer. At the Rogers Cup, the rapidly improving Greek knocked off four top 10 opponents: Tsitsipas upset French Open finalist Dominic Thiem 63, 76, Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic 63, 67 (5), 63, No. 3 Alexander Zverev 36, 76 (11), 64, saving two match points, and twotime major finalist Kevin Anderson 64, 67, 76, again escaping a
match point. On his last day as a teenager, Tsitsipas reached his first career ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final. Rafael Nadal finally stopped him at 62, 76, but the slender, 6’4” blond’s ranking shot up to a career
high No.15. Tsitsipas, whose father Apostolos coaches him and whose mother Julia was formerly the No. 1 player in Russia, says he wants to do for Greek tennis what the soccer team did for Greek soccer when it won the EURO in 2004. With a big serve, potent forehand (26 winners against Djokovic) and pictureperfect
onehanded backhand, he may just do that. Don’t be surprised if redhot Tsitsipas makes the US Open quarters, or even the semis.