Mark Philippoussis doesn’t count.
Twenty-year-old Stefanos Tsitsipas became the first player representing Greece to win an ATP title, defeating qualifier Ernests Gulbis 6-4, 6-4 to win the Intrum Stockholm Open title.
“Hopefully many Greek players can achieve something like this,” he said. “I would be super-happy to see them achieve something like this in the future, maybe even in the near future. Representing my country at such high-level tournaments, being the first Greek to crack the Top 100 is very, very special for me.
“This trophy, it is amazing…When I first came to this tournament, I saw all those names: [Roger] Federer, [Juan Martin] Del Potro, and I was like, ‘Wow, wouldn’t it be cool to have my name there one day? It happened this week. I was very focused, determined to win the tournament…I played great tennis and I deserve to have that spot.”
Nicholas Kalogeropolous was the first Greek to make a tour-level final in Des Moines 35 years ago.
At the Rogers Cup in August, Tsitsipas became the youngest player to defeat four opponents inside the Top 10 of the ATP Rankings at a single event. He will compete at the Next Gen ATP Finals, to take place at the Fiera Milano from Nov. 6-10.
Gulbis had only four tour-level wins this year entering the tournament, and was appearing in his first final in more than four years.
“He played a really good match. He had a great week,” Gulbis said on court after the match. “Congratulations on your first title. I know it’s a big deal to win your first ATP title, so enjoy it. I wish that it’s not the last one.”
Gulbis lost his perfect career record in finals, dropping to 6-1.
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