Tsitsipas Wins Next Gen Finals To Cap Breakthrough Year

Lynette Rowe
November 13, 2018

Stefanos Tsitsipas capped a rollercoaster season by winning the Next Gen ATP Final on Saturday but the rising Greek star conceded he was slightly bemused by the rules of the tournament.

Second seed de Minaur - who began the season at number 208 in the world rankings and reached a career-high 31 last month - had been undefeated until the final. Even if you play so you don't feel nothing today and the other guy is playing so good, you still can win the match, which is not happening normally when you play the real match.

Young gun Alex de Minaur is closing in on another title.

"I know it is going to be tough, so I'm going to have to be prepared for that".

Their respective efforts saw them honoured in the annual ATP awards, with Tsitsipas named as the most improved player and De Minaur crowned as newcomer of the year. Tsitsipas dropped the first set 2-4, but came from behind to win the next three sets 4-1 4-3 4-3.

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Rublev has maintained his form to advance to the semi-finals with win over Italian wild card Liam Caruana 4-3 (7), 4-1, 4-2 on Thursday. Look, for example, the match today of Tsitsipas that make fantastic season beating top players, and now - I'm not saying nothing bad about Munar.

A break was enough for De Minaur, 19, to take the lead but Tsitsipas, 20, levelled before he claimed the third set after a tie-break.

"It's been an incredible year and I'm just riding this roller-coaster".

The tournament is being played under a revised format that includes shorter sets to four games, best of five-set matches, no AD scoring, no lets and a shot clock.

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