Greece’s tennis sensation Stefanos Tsitsipas defeated Belgium’s David Goffin 7-6 6-2 in the semi-finals of the Open 13 Provence, reaching the ATP final and will now also move up to number 11 in the ATP rankings.
The 20-year-old Greek got broken to go down 5-6 in the first set, but completely turned the match around by immediately breaking back to force a tiebreak. Tsitsipas went on to win the tiebreak 7-1. He then carried this momentum into the second set, going up 4-0 before closing it out 6-2 to reach his fourth career ATP final.
Tsitsipas has now won three of his five matches against Goffin, and has won both of the indoor matches they played. The other time they played each other indoors was at Goffin’s home tournament in Antwerp back in 2017. The Greek, who was ranked 122 at the time, defeated the Belgian in three sets in the quarterfinals. Back then, Goffin was ranked number 10 in the world, and that victory made Tsitsipas the first Greek to ever reach the top 100. Nowadays, the Belgian is ranked 24th after missing much of 2018 due to injury.
Tsitsipas is the top-seed this week in Marseille, and therefore he received a bye in the opening round. In the second round, he defeated Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz (world number 78) 6-4 6-2. Then, in the quarterfinals, he beat Ukraine’s Sergiy Stakhovsky (world number 141) 6-4 6-3.
The Greek will face Kazakhstan’s Mikhail Kukushkin in Sunday’s final, with both players searching for their second career ATP titles. The two players met twice last year, with Tsitsipas winning both matches in three sets. Regardless of the outcome, Tsitsipas will move up from number 12 in the world to a new career-high of 11 in the world.
by Andrew Stamas