Two wins in five from the Greek to kick off 2020 coming into Rotterdam knowing a win was needed against the birthday boy Hubert Hurkacz.
It was the recently turned 23 year old who was much quicker settling into the match. He began to work off both wings and really pushing Stefanos back behind the baseline with his backhand.
Stefanos was struggling early on with the quick rhythm of the Pole who was winning all the short rallies. Stefanos was trying to impose some authority on the early stages of rallies but couldn’t get going as he fell behind a break.
Stefanos did well to get back into the set having trailed 5-4 40-0 but then in the tie-break completely fell apart.
At 6-7 0-2 down it did potentially look like being the birthday boys day in Rotterdam with Tsitsipas on the ropes but the tennis he produced minutes before than tie-break was a good sign for the ATP Finals champion.
He began to show that authority and stormed around the court after his forehand which he managed to create more of and just dictate the rallies.
It was quite the turn-around from Tsitsipas who is like a perfectionist on court and it was pretty much the perfect ending for the Greek.
Having trailed by a set and a break he finished the match winning 12 of the last 14 games to win 6-7 6-3 6-1 against the birthday boy!