Tennis Podcast: Stefanos Tsitsipas comes of age in Canada

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Tsitsipas became the youngest male player in history to beat four Top 10 players in a row - Xinhua / Barcroft Media
Tsitsipas became the youngest male player in history to beat four Top 10 players in a row - Xinhua / Barcroft Media

Simona Halep and Rafael Nadal left with the titles, but it was Stefanos Tsitsipas who generated the most buzz at last week’s Rogers Cup in Canada. On the Tennis Podcast, presenter Catherine Whitaker (Eurosport, Amazon Prime) is joined by Charlie Eccleshare of Telegraph Sport to look back on the young Greek’s breakthrough week.

Tsitsipas, 20, has enjoyed a steady rise throughout 2018, but his run in Toronto certainly made people sit up and take notice. He became the youngest male player in history to beat four Top 10 players in a row, overcoming the likes of Novak Djokovic and Kevin Anderson en route to the final. What makes him such a good player and why is he so exciting to watch? Whitaker and Eccleshare gush over the ‘texture’ to his game and discuss his introverted personality.

World No.3 Alexander Zverev was another one of the players to come unstuck against Tsitsipas in Canada. Afterwards, Zverev described their match as “pathetic” and said his opponent didn’t even play that well. The comments divided opinion, but what did Whitaker and Eccleshare make of them?

The women’s final in Montreal between Simona Halep and Sloane Stephens was a thriller. After the pair also met in this year’s Roland Garros final, are they beginning to establish a genuine rivalry at the top of the women’s game?

Elsewhere, with news this week that the venue for the ATP Finals after 2020 is being put out to tender, Catherine and Charlie weigh up the pros and cons of moving the event away from London’s O2 arena.

Finally, this Thursday will see member nations vote on reforming the Davis Cup. The specific proposals, and the wide-ranging reactions they have provoked, are discussed.

The Tennis Podcast is uploaded weekly throughout the year and daily at the Grand Slam tournaments. It is produced in associated with Telegraph Sport and sponsored by Amazon Prime Video, the new home of the US Open in the UK.

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