Built on his break out 2018 season by winning three titles including the prestigious and highly coveted ATP finals. What an amazing feat to win the Next-gen finals in 2018 and then win the full tour finals one year later. He pulled off some incredible wins and completed at least one victory over each of the top 3. Stefanos also competed in probably the highest quality match of the year losing to Stanimal at Roland Garros in 5 tight sets. This match may have caused his mid-year slump around Wimbledon such was the effect the loss had on him.
At 21 years of age, he has many significant years ahead of him on tour. I wouldn’t expect anything less in 2020. The Greek warrior is a mysterious character and evokes different responses when I talk to other fans about him. Words for my take on him are: vitality, athletic, strong, complex
Vitality: He’s got a spring in his step. Walks the court like he is walking on air when he is playing well. Is very active on social and seems to love life, which may be down to a near-death experience he had while swimming in 2015.
Athletic: At 193 cm (6′ 4″) with broad shoulders and immaculate posture, he has the ideal modern players physique and knows how to move it extraordinarily well.
Strong: Mentally tough. Tsisipas can take setbacks in his stride. Sometimes spits the dummy, but he’s a top player because he moves on quickly.
Complex: Must be the Greek philosopher heritage. He can be thoughtful, exciting and confusing all at the same time in some of his social media and interviews.
Likes: I like his attacking all-court game. Excellent hand skills at the net and I enjoy his inclination to come to forward. With that kind of mindset, you have to have a superb overhead, and he does. Prepared to take risks, but always with situational awareness. He is a smart player.
Dislikes: I think he is guilty of sometimes oversharing on social and can seem dramatic. Not a big deal, some fans probably enjoy that. I’m not thrilled when he beats Federer.
Areas for improvement: His serve while good, looks like it could do with a few tweaks to minimize the chance of 1, breaking down under pressure and 2, putting stress on his shoulder. His homework is to go check out Fed’s serve over the break on YouTube. As his dad has said in interviews “he is a good boy” so I’m sure he will do his homework 🙂