November 17, 2022
Stefanos Tsitsipas found his finest form and a fresh inner steel to win an absolute thriller in Turin.
Some people are calling it the match of the season – and in this best-of-three format they may well be right.
There has never been any love lost between the powerful Greek and his arch-rival Daniil Medvedev.
So it will give Stef added satisfaction to have held his nerve after a testing psychological fightback by his adversary.
Tsitsipas eventually prevailed 6-3, 6-7 (11-13), 7-6 (7-1) to delight the crowd.
It would have been so easy for him to crumble after squandering three match points in the second set and then feeling the trauma of that marathon tie-break.
Indeed Stefanos was 3-5 down in the decider and looked to be facing defeat. But he dug deep and rose to the occasion. Best of all, he ensured that Medvedev was never really in the final breaker.
Stefanos Tsitsipas will send the fans wild if he can recreate this kind of drama at Wimbledon 2023.
His growing army of Greek supporters have been waiting for Tsitsipas to show his best form on grass.
Could Wimbledon 2023 be his time? That would add a delicious twist to the world’s greatest tournament.
The Championships always provide the perfect stage for stars of his magnitude.
The All England Club awaits Stefanos Tsitsipas – and we will all be hoping he can go deep in joyous July.
This latest classic against Medvedev surely has to give swashbuckling Stef some new confidence going forward.
Immediately after the match, Tsitsipas said: ‘I’m so glad I overcame this and was able to enjoy it with the crowd.
‘It’s a great win and I’m extremely proud of the way I fought. Even on the last game when he was serving, I still felt that if I was able to put a few balls in, some opportunity might present itself. And it did!
‘It was great to get back into the match. I felt reborn. And what a great way to end it!’
Stefanos Tsitsipas feeling reborn at Wimbledon 2023. That’s what the tennis world would love to see.
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