Tsitsipas Comes of Age
Posted on August 14 2018
If he hadn’t done so already, then Stefanos Tsitsipas has certainly announced himself this week in the Roger’s Cup in Toronto. In beating Dominic Thiem, Novak Djokovic and Alexander Zverev, the young Greek has taken out the world number 7, 10 and 3 in back to back matches. Tsitsipas, aged just 19, made a little splash at Wimbledon in reaching the 4th round, but this week has seen him really catapult himself in to the limelight. The world number 27 will take on Kevin Anderson in the semi final this evening, looking to extend an impressive week, which will surely have commentators talking him up as the next big thing.
His week has not been without drama, mainly provided by fellow youngster, Alexander Zverev, who somewhat petulantly, described the level of play in their quarterfinals as pathetic. Perhaps Zverev was irked to be beaten by someone who will no doubt be tipped to compete with him to be the new top dog when the big guns retire. But surely he will look back on this as lapse in judgement, and realise that in future there is nothing to be gained by looking like a sore loser. Tsitsipas will not care one bit however, as he looks forward to a semi final that could further boost the hype he is deservedly receiving.
On the other side of the draw, Nadal will take on another young player who has had an impressive tournament in, Karen Kachanov. Kachanov, 22, will be looking to make the biggest final of his career, but will face an extremely tough test in Nadal. The Spaniard has been almost faultless since the beginning of the clay court season, and but for an incredibly close loss to Djokovic would be coming into the US Open with the French Open and Wimbledon titles in the bag.
While you would expect beating Nadal will be a step too far for Karen Kachanov, Tsitsipas should have an excellent chance of reaching the biggest final of his career. Sky Sports commentator, Greg Rusedski, has described Tsitsipas as a mix of Bjorn Borg, Andy Murray and Roger Federer, and the Greek certainly has an aura and style that will make him a firm fan favourite in years to come.
The question is, as it remains with the likes of Zverev, and Shapovalov, can these young players make the same progress when it comes to the Grand Slam tournaments? You look at these top young players results and when it comes to big ATP tournaments, your see SF, F and QF scattered all over the page, but come Grand Slam time you start to see R2 and R3 a lot. This is something that will have to change if these young players are going to take over the reins from Federer, Nadal and Djokovic.
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