Stefanos Rising: Tsitsipas Into D.C. Semis
Could this be the week that #NextGenATP Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas breaks through to win his first ATP World Tour title? So far, the 19-year-old is looking in great form in Washington, D.C.
Tsitsipas defeated 2017 Nitto ATP Finals runner-up David Goffin 6-3, 6-4 on Friday to reach the Citi Open semi-finals, where he will face the winner of top seed Alexander Zverev and seventh seed Kei Nishikori.
The teenager has not dropped a set since saving two match points in his second-round victory against 2017 Next Gen ATP Finals qualifier Jared Donaldson. Against Goffin, Tsitsipas showed a confident aggression, taking the points to the World No. 11. The Belgian made an uncharacteristic number of unforced errors in his one-hour, 14-minute loss. The Greek saved all three break points he faced in the match, an impressive feat given that Goffin entered the week third on the ATP World Tour this season in return games won at 32 per cent, according to Infosys ATP Scores & Stats.
Tsitsipas’ rise continues, as he is projected to crack the Top 30 of the ATP Rankings for the first time on Monday, climbing to at least No. 27. If he wins his semi-final, the Athens-native will become the highest-ranked teenager, passing Canadian Denis Shapovalov. And if he captures his maiden tour-level title, Tsitsipas will move into the Top 20.
It’s a notable achievement, considering Tsitsipas began the 2018 season with just four tour-level wins. This week one year ago, he was World No. 164. Tsitsipas has yet to play Zverev or Nishikori.
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Tsitsipas is now 6-7 against Top 20 opponents this season. He will attempt to reach his second ATP World Tour final, after losing in the Barcelona championship match against Rafael Nadal.