Greece’s tennis sensation Stefanos Tsitsipas, is not only celebrating his 20th Birthday today, but also his history-making defeat, becoming the youngest player to beat four top-10 players in an event since the ATP World Tour was established in 1990.
“Playing in a Masters 1000 final is the best thing that can happen on your birthday. I cannot believe it,” the superstar tennis player said.
He beat World No. 6 Kevin Anderson, eighth-ranked Dominic Thiem, World No. 10 Novak Djokovic and German No. 3 Alexander Zverev earlier in the week.
Stefanos will play the winner of the semi-final between top-ranked Rafael Nadal and Karen Khachanov.
His stunning performance on the tennis courts has left the world in awe, who will be cheering him on in his first career appearance in an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final.
Stefanos started playing tennis at the age of six, at the Glyfada Tennis Club in Athens. “I became involved because of my parents who happen to be tennis coaches, so tennis was part of my life since the very beginning. I had a good coach who taught me the basics and developed my game and mentality for the sport,” Stefanos previously told Greek City Times.
He credits his father Apostolos, as being his mentor as he is always by his side, helping him achieve his goals.
The young, ambitious tennis player said he “had a goal from when I was a child, I had dreams from young and I want to achieve all of them as an adult. I want to continue improving the rankings and create history with tennis. It’s my job, so I have to do it as well as possible!” Stefanos said.
Stefanos’ favourite part about tennis is “competing and doing something productive for your yourself. I also enjoy the travelling (not too many weeks though). It’s an individual sport and it’s you who chooses your team. I love every single thing about tennis.”
From GCT, Happy 20th Birthday Stefanos and Good luck in the final, we will be cheering for you!