Stefanos Tsitsipas

Karma Tennis

Hall of Fame
If someone had suggested to me a decade ago a Greek Tennis player would make the Final of the Monte Carlo Masters 1000, I would advised them to head of to the "Funny Farm" for some serious treatment.

And yet, here we are ... and the Greek Tennis player might even win the Title.
 

March31

Rookie
Hope he does. Hasn't got titles for ages it seems, needs a boost.
Would only be fair if this game of his pays off.
But Rublev's viewpoint might differ :D
 

Karma Tennis

Hall of Fame
Well Done Tsitsi !!!

Who would have thought it ... a tennis player who represents Greece with a Greek father and a Russian mother winning the Monte Carlo Masters 1000 Tennis Tournament.

I traveled all over Greece in the late 1990s and I don't think I saw a single Tennis Court anywhere. Amazing.
 

Karma Tennis

Hall of Fame
I learned today that his mother had won a juniors title in Monte-Carlo back in 1981. It was her dream that her son would win here, too. If so, his motivation and drive are understandable. I'm happy that the dream came true.
Tsitsi mentioned during the Trophy Presentation that he visited the Monte Carlo tournament when he was young and watched both Federer and Nadal play there several times. I love hearing those sorts of stories where players watch their idols and then go on to win at the same level of the sport.
 

Karma Tennis

Hall of Fame
Tsitsi said he also rates this win as bigger than winning the tour finals which was surprising to me
I'm not surprised. Imho, the Masters 1000 Tournaments like Monte Carlo are a lot more prestigious than the WTF. Tsitsi respects the traditions of the sport.

Most (if not all) players would place the Four Majors above everything else. Tournaments like Monte Carlo, Indian Wells, Madrid and Cinci are not far behind. The WTF is simply the icing on the cake.
 

mike danny

Bionic Poster
I'm not surprised. Imho, the Masters 1000 Tournaments like Monte Carlo are a lot more prestigious than the WTF. Tsitsi respects the traditions of the sport.

Most (if not all) players would place the Four Majors above everything else. Tournaments like Monte Carlo, Indian Wells, Madrid and Cinci are not far behind. The WTF is simply the icing on the cake.
No.
 
I wrote after Miami that he moves better then in 2020. He combines heavy spin with high speed on both wings which works especially well on clay and has a good serve relative for his height.
 

Karma Tennis

Hall of Fame
I wrote after Miami that he moves better then in 2020. He combines heavy spin with high speed on both wings which works especially well on clay and has a good serve relative for his height.
... And I think his Single Handed Backhand has really improved and become a real weapon for him now (both cross court and down the line.)
 
Yeah his margins for error or better his delta is just higher on clay. His serve has become also stronger over the last three years, something which we observe for many rising players. While it‘s impact is leasend on the red it makes him still increasingly harder to break and allows for more forceful follow-ups.

But the biggest plus is his current return game, he wins a lot more points there and crossed the 40% mark. Another remarkable element of his game are the very high 2nd serve points wins. Years over > 55% like in 2020 are rare and right now with almost 60% he is in peak Nadal and Djokovic territory there. He come into it more from the return side and it will trend down but it is remarkable.
 
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Karma Tennis

Hall of Fame
I'll tell you what I am dreaming about ...

Remember this? ....



I wanna see Stefanos win the Wimbledon Singles Title with the beard and headband and basically mimic Borg when he achieves that Match Point.

The World Media will go absolutely bonkers. !!
 

mike danny

Bionic Poster
Don't you know ... anyone that posts on TTW is an American ;)
Well, I'm European and I still consider the WTF to be more important than any masters event.

To Tsitsi, MC probably has more significance because of its connection with his mother. But he beat tougher opponents at the WTF clearly. MC was a cakewalk for him and the fact that it's not even mandatory doesn't make it more prestigious than a tournament where only the top 8 play.
 

Jai

Rookie
This is another proof that ATP finals is just a glorified exho and Nadal fans were right all these years.
I don't think that was what Citypass meant AT ALL. He ranked his first Masters 1000 crown above his ATP Finals victory. It means the former is more important to him, not that the latter doesn't mean anything. If one goes back to his reaction after winning the ATP Finals, it's obvious that it meant a lot.

Besides, there is some recency effect which is surely at play, because his ATP Finals win came in 2019. Since then, he has sort of underperformed on the bigger stages, at least compared to what his own fanbase, a somewhat fawning media, and his own tendency to talk a big game, would have led one to suppose. Considering the slams, in 2020 he flamed out in the 3rd round at both the AO and the USO, to Raonic and Coric. French Open he did well, of course. Again in 2021 AO, he showed a lot of grit in defeating Rafa, but then was hammered by Med. It's hardly surprising that after these choppy results, he would acclaim his first Masters crown.
 
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