Tsitsipas claims historic victory at ATP Finals

Greek youngster Stefanos Tsitsipas has claimed the season-ending ATP Finals with victory over Austrian Dominic Thiem.

The 21-year-old Tsitsipas came from a set down to secure a 6-7 (6-8) 6-2 7-6 (7-4) victory in London.

Tsitsipas is the youngest winner of the prestigious season-ending tournament since Lleyton Hewitt in 2001, and the youngest debutant to lift the trophy since John McEnroe in 1978.

"I have no clue how I played so well in the second set. I have no idea," Tsitsipas said.

"I think my mind was at ease and I wasn't really thinking of much, which led to such a great performance in the second set, breaking him twice. I didn't give him much options to play with in the second set. It was pretty much an excellent set for me.

"It was pretty frustrating for me to be playing with such nerves for the first time in such a big event. I was a break up, I couldn't manage to hold it. Things were decided in the tie-break and I am so relieved by this outstanding performance and fight that I gave out on the court."

Australian icon Rod Laver lauded both players and predicted that they could break through for Grand Slam victories next year.


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