Stefanos Tsitsipas beats Alex de Minaur, wins Next Gen Finals
Stefanos Tsitsipas beats Alex de Minaur, wins Next Gen Finals
The Gen ATP Finals is experimenting with various different rules
11 November, 2018, 08:01
Tsitsipas dropped the first set 2-4, but came from behind to win the next three sets 4-1 4-3 4-3.
De Minaur saved two match points in the last game of the fourth and, ultimately, final set but it was Tsitsipas who once again triumphed in the tiebreak to secure a win that will leave a sweet taste after a remarkable season as he was crowned the best of his contemporaries.
Tsitsipas, 20, capped a stellar season by winning the second title of 2018, a day after he was named most improved player on tour.
The top seed claimed the title by winning all five of his matches during the week, to succeed South Korea's Chung Hyeon, who won the inaugural edition past year in which Tsitsipas only played an exhibition match. "I'm going to have to be 100 percent", Tsitsipas said. It was a fantastic match, I stayed calm. I was aiming to win that match.
Alex landed a deep forehand in the fifth game to force an error from his rival and take it 4-1, losing just eight points on serve in the last two sets and looking strong to wrap up the win in the fourth set.
It was a typically full-blooded performance from the youngster who has soared from world number 208 to number 31 in 2019.
"I was always, you know, had to run for the towel, always had it in my mind when I was playing".
"All credit to Stefanos".
"That being said, this week there is coaching allowed, and I've made very good use of it and it's actually helped out a lot". It's been a long season, a season I'll never forget.
"It's been an incredible year and I'm just riding this roller-coaster". And both mentally and physically, I feel like it's time to take a break.
The format for the tournament is the best-of-five sets with shorter sets of four games, no-ad scoring at deuce and no lets on serve.
It is created to increase the number of pivotal moments in a match, while playing best-of-five sets does not alter the number of games required to win a match (12) from the traditional three-set scoring format.
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