Tsitsipas bearing the flag for the future of tennis

Stefanos Tsitsipas

Written by Sam Greasley-Machin (@Greasley_Machin)

Stefanos Tsitsipas became the youngest winner of the ATP finals since 2001 as the 21-year-old defeated Dominic Thiem in the season finale at the 02 Arena.

The Greek prodigy lost the first set 6-7 to Thiem, who he is good friends with off-court, but came back to win 6-2 and 7-6 in the proceeding sets to seal the biggest title of his career so far.

Men’s tennis has been in need of a new generation to really test the aging superstars and Tsitsipas looks more than likely he will be amongst the new generation and at the very top.

Roger Federer (38), Rafa Nadal (33) and Novak Djokovic (32), the tennis icons of today, are all the wrong side of 30 and with tennis almost skipping a generation of players in the mid-late twenties, the sport has been in need of a new star to break onto the scene.

There have been plenty of players that have looked like they might be the one to challenge the status quo over the years but no-one is yet to successfully do so.

However, it seems that the World Number 6 Tsitsipas might finally be the one to do just that with his dynamic playing style and powerful play which got the better of Federer once again at the ATP finals in straight sets.

The Greek national will be leading a pack of talent in 2020 that needs to win a grand slam to truly prove their ability and potential in the sport.

Fellow finalist Dominic Thiem, 26, has long been touted to go onto greater heights and while he has been one of the best on clay, second only to Nadal, in the last three years, the Austrian hasn’t been successful in the all important Grand Slams.

Alexander Zverev is similar to Thiem, although four years younger at 22, having had an impressive ATP last year defeating Federer and Djokovic, but he has only won one minor title in the whole of this year.

The shining light though, for the moment, looks to be Tsitsipas who made his first semi-final Grand Slam earlier this year and believes he is close to a grand slam win following his ATP victory.

Speaking after his win in London, Tsitsipas said : “I feel like my game is getting better over time. I believe I’m really close to being crowned a Grand Slam champion.”

2020 will be a big year for the young tennis stars to prove themselves in the Grand Slams and Tsitsipas looks more likely than anyone to be the young player to come out victorious on the big stage.