The Greek 21-year-old, who won, 6-7 (6/8), 6-2, 7-6 (7/4), is the youngest champion since Lleyton Hewitt in 2001 and the fourth first-time champion at the season-ending event in as many years. Stefanos Tsitsipas Beats Dominic Thiem in Thriller to Win ATP Finals 2019 Title.
"These three guys should have a pre-season together and set up a plan on how to keep the Next Gen guys away from them and keep the Grand Slam titles to themselves".
He has charmed the group at London's O2 Enviornment all week and earned his articulate within the closing with an impressive straight-devices take hold of towards six-time champion Roger Federer.
Acknowledging he had the benefit of having a supportive crowd behind him Tsitsipas also said it was like there was "an army behind him".
"That's why it's probably mentally the most brutal sport existing, because you can play such a great match and end up losing in the championship match", Thiem said. At 5/6 in an inevitable tie-break, the Greek saved a set point before Thiem eventually clinched the set by earning his second set point with a powerful serve. "I know these are strong words that I say, but I do feel like I belong to be there", the 21-year-old Greek boldly claimed after beating Dominic Thiem.More news: D'Angelo Russell Out At Least Two Weeks With Thumb Injury
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Tsitsipas broke twice in the second set, despite Federer finally converting a break point at the 10th time of asking for 2-2, only to fall 4-2 behind after Tsitsipas rallied into a commanding position against his tennis idol.
Thiem had the early control of the match - last official ATP match this decade - grabbing an early break but Tsitsipas came back to force a breaker that went the Austrian's way.
He collapsed to the floor after Thiem put a forehand return out on the first match point before the pair embraced at the end of a two-hour 35-minute battle. Federer earned a break to bring the scores level, but only to fall behind again as Tsitsipas collected a third break with a crushing forehand victor to edge 3-2 in front. Tsitsipas had received 12 out of 14 points within the space.
Tsitsipas stormed into a 4-1 advantage and although Thiem refused to accept defeat as he stormed back to level at 4-4, a couple of stray groundstrokes cost him as he was denied in a titanic tussle between the first-time finalists. He saved two break factors within the first recreation however appeared more and more shaky and was damaged to path 1-2. In the evening session, Zverev missed two break points at 1-1 and 2-2 in the first set before handing the lead to Thiem with a nervous double-fault in the 12th game. Tsitsipas forged ahead but Thiem pegged him back until the Greek was gifted another mini-break when the Austrian went long.
Tsitsipas has competition among his peers as the new generation attempt to dislodge Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, who have dominated the men's game for the past 15 years. "We are all playing great tennis", Thiem said. However Tsitsipas, who has overwhelmed each member of the "Big Three" in 2019, will go into the brand new season with the assumption he can take the subsequent step in direction of the apex of the boys's recreation.