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Stefanos Tsitsipas Targets to Dethrone ‘Big Three’ in 2020

Published 12/18/2019, 5:25 PM EST
Stefanos Tsitsipas Targets to Dethrone ‘Big Three’ in 2020


ATP Finals 2019 champion Stefanos Tsitsipas aims to end the dominance of the ‘Big Three’ of tennis in the year 2020. He is working towards gatecrashing in ATP’s top-three column that Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic have sealed it for more than a decade and a half.

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“One of my goals for next year would be a Grand Slam title, finishing in the top three by the end of the year, making the Nitto Finals again and winning a Masters 1000,” Tsitsipas told reporters in Abu Dhabi. This year in August the 21-year-old Tsitsipas reached the career-high ranking of World Number five. 

He is determined to take that extra mile to add a Slam title to his name and end the ever-lasting ascendency of Federer, Nadal, and Djokovic. 

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“We have Nadal, Djokovic, Federer, who are there and have always been there. And what I need to do is go the extra mile and surpass them and that’s going to be the biggest challenge for next year, I need to surpass one of them in order for me to finish in the top three next year,” the Greek lad added.

Stefanos Tsitsipas

World Number six Tsitsipas concluded his tennis season 2019 in the best possible way by lifting up the biggest trophy of his career at Nitto Finals in London, UK.

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Also at the beginning of the season, he dethroned the two-time defending champion Roger Federer at the Australian Open 2019 and reserved a spot in the semifinals of a major tournament. Within a few days after attaining that Grand Slam niche, the Greek gun Tsitsipas won an ATP title Marseille.

At present Stefanos Tsitsipas is in Abu Dhabi, UAE. He is set to play the Mubadala World Tennis Championship exhibition starting on Thursday.

“I’m currently living in the best period of my life, with the best people around me. I really feel like this is very important for my balance and for my thinking,” he mentioned. 

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This year Tsitsipas attained victories over Federer, Nadal, and Djokovic. He defeated Federer on the courts of Melbourne and London, Nadal in Madrid and Djokovic in Shanghai. Not just Tsitsipas the other NextGen icon Dominic Thiem has also surpassed the three goliaths of tennis on the ATP courts. 

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