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Greek’s tri­umph por­tent of brand new era

- Sports · Tennis · London · Dominic Thiem · Association of Tennis Professionals · Athens · Lleyton Hewitt · River Thames · Roger Federer · Rafael Nadal · Novak Djokovic · Stefanos Tsitsipas · ATP World Tour Finals · John McEnroe

Ste­fanos Tsit­si­pas came of age at Lon­don’s O2 Arena with a stun­ning vic­tory over Do­minic Thiem to win the ATP Fi­nals.

The 21-year-old from Athens be­came the youngest win­ner of the pres­ti­gious sea­so­nend­ing tour­na­ment since Lley­ton Hewitt in 2001.

He is also the youngest debu­tant to lift the tro­phy since John McEnroe back in 1978.

Just a year after winning the Nex­tGen Fi­nals, for play­ers of 21 and un­der, Tsit­si­pas mixed it with the very best on the bank of the Thames and came out on top.

Con­grat­u­lated by his coun­try’s prime min­is­ter Kyr­i­akos Mit­so­takis after his semi-fi­nal win over Roger Fed­erer, Tsit­si­pas

“Phe­nom­e­nal to have such a great army behind me”

went on to write his name in Greek sport­ing mythol­ogy with a 6-7 (6), 6-2, 7-6 (4) vic­tory.

It was only the third time in 16 years that the fi­nal did not fea­ture at least one of the big three – Rafael Nadal, No­vak Djokovic or Fed­erer – and fur­ther ev­i­dence surely that the lon­gawaited power shift in men’s tennis is fi­nally on the way.

Tsit­si­pas said: “I was play­ing with nerves, it’s such a big event. I was a break up in the third set, but couldn’t hold it, but I’m so re­lieved with this out­stand­ing per­for­mance I gave on the court.

“It’s phe­nom­e­nal, un­be­liev­able to have such an army behind me, they give me en­ergy, and be­lief, and I just love that.

“I would like to thank ev­ery­one who sup­ported me with a Greek flags and made me feel at home.”

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