What a dream week Tsitsipas is having! Before this tournament, the Greek teenager only had one victory on the senior level. He already has three in the Antwerp Open.
He took down established players in the process, like Pablo Cuevas and Ivo Karlovic. But who would have expected for him to eliminate the number 1 seed, David Goffin, in his home country?
This match clearly proved the quality of the youngster. If he stays healthy and humble, I see him soon as one of the top players. He has the game, he has the mentality.
Stefanos Tsitsipas looks strong both physically and mentally. He has a powerful serve and an explosive forehand. His beautiful one-hand backhand doesn’t have enough power at the moment, using it mainly for defensive purposes. His attacking game is spot on, but he still needs a lot of work in the defensive department.
The game started as it was expected, with Goffin dominating. The Belgian took the first set clearly, 6-2.
But everything changed in the next 2 sets. Stefanos started being more focused and composed. He fought for every point and showed great skills attacking both from the baseline and coming to the net. He was the player who was taking the risks and had the initiative. He managed to show his superior power.
Goffin is an all around player, versatile and hardworking. But he lacks power, the reason why he is not yet in the elite. And Tsitsipas was spot on with that and took advantage. The teenager showed boldness and played like he belonged and deserved to be there. The Greek showed no fear and was able to successfully stay in rallies with the skillful Belgian.
Stefanos Tsitsipas fought hard to knock out the number 1 and crowd favorite, 2-6, 7-6 (1), 7-6 (4).
The Next Gen hope already managed this week amazing things for his career: 3 big victories over powerful players. And he claimed his first top ten victory. Hope he can keep up.