LONDON, November 16, 2019
Stefanos Tsitsipas advanced to the title match of the Nitto ATP Finals by knocking out Roger Federer, who was aiming to reach Sunday’s showpiece of the season-ending event for an 11th time and first since 2015. The 21-year-old Greek secured a breathtaking 6-3, 6-4 victory.
Tsitsipas broke Federer’s serve three times and won 53 per cent of the total points played to advance after one hour and 36 minutes.
The youngest finalist at the season-ending event since Del Potro in 2009!
Seriously impressive from @StefTsitsipas 👏
— ATP Tour (@atptour) November 16, 2019
“I’m so proud of myself today, it was a great performance,” Tsitsipas said during his post match on-court interview. “Sometimes in matches like these you wonder how you recover from difficulties and break point down. It is a mental struggle and I’m proud how many I saved today, I was trying not to give Roger an easy time. He was an inspiration as always. Playing him is the biggest honour I can have and today’s victory is probably one of my best moments of the season.”
Tsitsipas will now take on the winner of the second semi-final between defending champion Alexander Zverev and Austria’s Dominic Thiem, who play later on Saturday night. A year after winning the Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan, the debutant will hope to follow Zverev as the second successive 21-year-old champion at London’s O2-Arena.