Stefanos Tsitsipas will play Dominic Thiem for the title at the ATP Finals on Sunday after beating six-time champion Roger Federer in London. The Greek, making his debut at the event aged just 21, won 6-3 6-4.
Swiss Federer, 38, was aiming for a record-extending seventh title but was undone by the nerveless Tsitsipas, just as he was at January’s Australian Open. Later, Austrian fifth seed Thiem saw off defending champion Alexander Zverev 7-5 6-3 at the 02 Arena.
Thiem, 26, and Tsitsipas will be competing in their first final at the season-ending tournament and aiming for the biggest title of their careers. Asked what fans could expect from the final, Thiem replied: “A one-handed back-handed final, I guess! We are both offensive players, he is very attractive to watch, I love to watch him and I am looking forward to playing him again.”
Tsitsipas is the youngest finalist since Juan Martin del Potro in 2009, while it will be just the third final since 2002 not to include Federer, Novak Djokovic or Rafael Nadal.