20-year-old Stefanos Tsitsipas turned many heads towards himself when he overpowered 20-time major winner Roger Federer at the 2019 Australian Open. Despite ending all possibilities of a potential Roger Federer-Rafael Nadal match at that event, his game earned many fans.
Since then, Tsitsipas has come a long way. The current world number six is now into his second Grand Slam semi-final at French Open 2020, the first one being at that breakthrough Australian Open.
While he has solidified his place as a top-10 player this year, former tennis great John McEnroe had already tipped him for a great future in the sport after he beat Federer. After watching his performance in Paris, the American tennis great believes Tsitsipas will win a major soon.
“We’ve been waiting for bigger and better things from Tsitsipas since he beat Federer in Australia. So he’s going to win a Major real soon,” McEnroe said in an interview.
While he hasn’t won many big titles in the last two seasons, Tsitsipas’ results certainly indicate an impressive rate of growth. At the same time, he does have one big title to his name – the ATP Finals he won last year. In fact, he defeated Federer again on his way to the final. In the final, he defeated Dominic Thiem in a thriller.
Before the breakthrough in Melbourne, he even made the final of the 2018 Rogers Cup.
On Friday, the 22-year-old faces Novak Djokovic in his second Grand Slam semi-final. The Greek star made the Hamburg Open final the weekend before the French Open 2020 started, where he lost to Andrey Rublev.
Tsitsipas would be buoyed by the fact that he defeated Rublev in the quarter-final in Paris. After dropping the first two sets at Roland Garros this year, Tsitsipas has won 15 straight sets. That includes straight-set wins over tough competitors like Grigor Dimitrov and Rublev.
That is exactly what Tsitsipas needed before a Grand Slam semi-final against Djokovic. He looks in top-notch form while Djokovic dropped a set in his quarter-final and battled injury issues.
Tsitsipas will hope that his second outing in a Grand Slam semi-final is nothing like his first. There, he succumbed to a 6-2, 6-4, 6-0 loss to Nadal. However, the situation is a lot different now as Tsitsipas can certainly call himself as one of the best in the world currently.