17 Nov 2019, 12:22 IST
The ATP Finals is all set to get a brand new champion after Stefanos Tsitsipas knocked out six-time champion Roger Federer and Dominic Thiem ended the title defence of Alexander Zverev.
The 21-year-old Greek, who had accounted for Federer on the Australian Open earlier within the yr, produced elegant tennis to notch up a 6-3, 6-Four win over the 20-time Grand Slam champion. Having reached the ultimate on debut, he emulated the feats of 2017 winner Grigor Dimitrov and 2017 runner-up David Goffin, each of whom made it to the ultimate of their first look on the prestigious season finale.
Tsitsipas’s resilience and his good serves on break factors stood out within the first semi-final that lasted an hour and thirty-six minutes. The Greek saved as many as 11 of 12 break factors, thereby denying no matter little probability Federer needed to come again into the match. Even when the Swiss lastly managed to make in-roads into the 21-year-old’s serve within the third sport of the second set, the enjoyment didn’t final lengthy for the maestro as Tsitsipas got here roaring again.
The victory additionally enabled Tsitsipas to even the head-to-head file with Federer at 2-2.
The World No. 6 will hope to avenge his China Open last defeat when he takes on the fifth-ranked Thiem, who emerged a 7-5, 6-Three winner over Zverev. The Austrian, who has been extremely spectacular this week with wins over Federer and Novak Djokovic, made it to the ultimate for the primary time in 4 makes an attempt.
Very like Tsitsipas, the 26-year-old Thiem additionally confirmed steely nerves on break factors, saving all 4 of them. Though the defending champion served higher within the first set, the Indian Wells Masters champion was capable of safe the solitary break of serve within the 12th sport that did the job.
That was all of the two-time French Open runner-up wanted to maintain up the strain on the German, who crumbled early within the second set to concede a 2-5 lead. Thiem capitalized on it and moved into his seventh last of the season, the place he’s searching for his sixth title of the yr.
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