Top-10 Farewell: Stefanos Tsitsipas Exits Elite Group After Nearly Five Years


Top-10 Farewell: Stefanos Tsitsipas Exits Elite Group After Nearly Five Years
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Stefanos Tsitsipas ended his top-10 run after nearly five years in the elite company! The Greek dropped out from the group of leading players for the first time since March 2019, collecting 237 consecutive top-10 weeks and standing 22nd on the list, seven weeks short of Stan Wawrinka.

Stefanos is 5-2 this season, failing to defend the points from last year's Australian Open and losing his top-10 spot ahead of the ATP 250 event in Los Cabos. The 20-year-old kicked off the 2019 season ranked 15th. Stefanos reached the Australian Open semi-final before lifting the trophy in Marseille and losing the final in Dubai, collecting enough points and debuting in the top-10 at Indian Wells.

Taylor Fritz & STefanos Tsitsipas, Australian Open 2024© Cameron Spencer / Staff - Getty Images Sport

Tsitsipas played well on clay in the upcoming months, establishing himself as one of the world's best players.

The Greek closed the season ranked 6th and repeated that in 2020. Stefanos cracked the top-3 in 2021 but could not stay there by the end of the season, not playing well in the closing stages and withdrawing from the ATP Finals after the first match.

Tsitsipas notched 61 wins in 2022, lifting two trophies and securing another year-end top-4 position. The Greek could not follow that pace in 2023, winning one small title in Los Cabos and losing the Australian Open final to Novak Djokovic.

Stefanos Tsitsipas left the top-10 group after losing massive points in Melbourne.

Despite the pain in his back, Stefanos reached the semi-final in Antwerp, Vienna and Paris on an indoor court in the closing stages, withdrawing from the ATP Finals again and finishing the season in the top-6.

Stefanos fell to Taylor Fritz in the fourth round of this year's Australian Open, losing massive points and putting his top-10 streak in danger. Stefanos did not play in the previous weeks, and his top-10 journey ended this Monday when the Rotterdam finalist Alex de Minaur climbed two spots and sent the Greek out of the elite company after nearly five years.

Tsitsipas kicked off the season at the United Cup, still feeling the pain in his back.

Stefanos Tsitsipas, United Cup 2024© Brett Hemmings / Stringer - Getty Images Sport

He scored three wins in Melbourne and had a chance to set the quarter-final clash versus Novak Djokovic.

However, after a rock-solid display, Taylor Fritz overpowered him 7-6, 5-7, 6-3, 6-3 in three hours, celebrating his first top-10 win at Majors. The American landed 50 winners and 19 unforced errors, defending nicely and leaving the Greek behind.

Stefanos fought well, landing 41 winners and 33 unforced errors and still ending on the losing side after getting broken four times from 11 chances offered to his opponent. Taylor suffered a late break in the second set before bouncing back in sets three and four, controlling the pace and sailing over the finish line.

Stefanos is the 2nd seed in Los Cabos this week, seeking the title defense and his first trophy since August.

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