The one-handers in London, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Dominic Thiem earned their tickets to the maiden finals of the ATP Finals. It was the 21-year-old, Stefanos Tsitsipas who won the year-end championship on his maiden appearance in the tournament by battling against Dominic Thiem 6-7, 6-2, 7-6.
Both Stefanos Tsitsipas and Dominic Thiem got on board with love holds on their service games. The Greek again had a chance to produce a love hold, but Thiem inaugurated the first return point of the match by unleashing his vintage backhand down the line winner on Tsitsipas’ court. Later, the debutant in London, Tsitsipas safeguarded his service at 2-1.
World Number six, Tsitsipas slammed a massive forehand down the line to break Thiem’s serve, but Dominic could make a hold with his ace serves at 2-2.
Now, it was Tsitsipas saving two break points to maintain his lead in the set at 4-3. The Greek played a careless game and came up with four erroneous forehands, however, he exhibited some smart tennis at that point of time. He saved one of the break points with a serve and volley off his second serve and on the next one he ripped a forehand.
In the next game, Tsitsipas’ attacking and defensive style of tennis both came into the picture and the Greek gun had chances to take away a service game from Thiem. However, an equally impressive level of tennis was portrayed by the Austrian and remained in the set at 4-4.
Until 5-4, Tsitsipas had 100% of his net points and Thiem was literally played an all-court game in the next game. Their high-quality tennis remained intact and the ambiance of the ATP World Tour Finals 2019’s championship match rejoicing.
Unreal tennis was exhibited by Dominic Thiem at the beginning of the tiebreaker and he held a 3-0 lead in the tiebreaker. Stefanos Tsitsipas was serving well throughout and retrieved his mini-break and balanced the breaker at 5-5.
Tsitsipas’ backhand volley could erase the first set point of Thiem, but on the subsequent points, the Greek placed a backhand off the shanks and the Austrian sealed the set with an ace!
7-6(8-6) in 65 minutes!
A terrible beginning from World Number five, Dominic Thiem and in a blink of an eye, Stefanos Tsitsipas grabbed two breaks and led by 4-0. Until then, the Austrian could take only two points in the set and the Greek hit seven winners to zero unforced errors.
After dropping a couple of service games, Thiem held his serve at 4-1 and by 5-1, Tsitsipas had won all the points on his serve. He later served out the set in 25 minutes.
A gutsy-hold from Dominic Thiem as Stefanos Tsitsipas was relentless with his returns. The Greek had two chances to break Thiem’s serve and by surviving the robust attacks from Tsitsipas, Thiem produced a hold. Tsitsipas took a minute to hold his serve and emerged massive in the next game.
Tsitsipas came up with a beautiful backhand return and errors from Thiem gave him two break points. The Austrian saved one of them by being smart on the next, but the next backhand down the line was dumped into the net.
Tsitsipas consolidated for a 3-1 lead. However, at 3-2 brutal hitting from Thiem was visible. The resilient Austrian, not just retrieved his break in the deciding set also he broke for the very first time in the match and was back on serve at 3-3. Later held his serve at 4-3.
DOMInance from THIEMinator!
The brutal hitting from Thiem kept escalating and Tsitsipas continued to play a safe game on his service. As their tight tennis prevailed the championship match sailed in the tiebreaker.
Back to back errors from Thiem in the crucial tiebreaker and with that Tsitsipas led by 4-1. However, he kept on ripping his single hand backahands and balanced the breaker at 4-4 and later the Greek dominated to pull off the title of his career.