Tsitsipas set to reveal motivational miracle
New ATP Finals champion Stefanos Tsitsipas has promised to reveal in detail the motivational miracle which took him from a US Open first-round loss in August to the trophy at the London year-end showpiece at the weekend.
The Greek rallied in an entertaining and tense shootout to overcome Dominic Thiem 6-7(6), 6-2, 7-6(4) on Sunday in the final match of the ATP regular season.
The media-savvy 21-year-old who went out at the first hurdle at Flushing Meadows and lost the Beijing final to Austrian Thiem, was still getting used to his new year-end status.
Tsitsipas remains on sixth in the final 2019 rankings with loads of hopes for 2020, which will being for him in early January at the new ATP Cup.
The thoughtful right-hander said that his progress from Flushing Meadows disappointment to London triumph is a complicated story.
“Next week. I’ll blog this thing. It’s much more – we just keep it short this way. It’s a really long story,” he said. “I’m excited to show to the world.”
Tsitsipas added that he is not worried by his failure to win a Grand Slam by this time in his career, with his closest call at the majors an Australian Open semi-final this past January.
“I don’t really mind anymore (missing his self-imposed deadline). I believe all Grand Slams are great. They all have something unique in them.
“For sure Wimbledon is something that has a lot of traditions. Most players, if you ask, want to win Wimbledon.
“But for me, any Grand Slam would be great.”
He added: “I feel my game is getting better over time, and I believe I’m really close to being crowned a Grand Slam champion.
“I know these are strong words that I say, but I do feel like I belong to be there.
“I’m competing against one of the best players in the world, and the amount of effort and the amount of work I put every day deserves to have an outcome like this.”
Written by Bill Scott for Grandslamtennis.online. To read more visit grandslamtennis.online