Ranked 27 in the world and in the week Stefanos Tsitsipas turned 20 years old he was the standout player at the Rogers Cup.
Stefanos had shown his ability to defeat top players in Barcelona and Estoril on the clay but then came Toronto and things exploded for the teenager at the 2018 Rogers Cup.
Ranked down at 27 in the world means in these big Masters 1000 events mean you do face tough players quick and fast without much turned around.
Stefanos defeated Damir Dzumhur 6-3 7-6 in the first round then things fell into place.
Having already defeated Dominic Thiem in Barcelona 6-3 6-2 this time it was a little more difficult but the flair of the Greek was way too much for the Austrian who fell 3-6 6-7 to Stefanos.
The performance of the tournament and maybe the performance of the year followed as he went toe to toe with Djokovic in an epic three set match. Stefanos lost the second set on the tie-break but I was impressed on how he maintained his level.
Second seed Sascha Zverev was up next, Stefanos came from a set down in the quarter finals and had to save match points against the German in a tie-break won by the 19 year old 13-11 before going onto win the third set 6-4.
After a monstrous week already you wouldn’t have been surprised if things petered out for him playing at such an intense level every day but was it once again!
World number six was his fourth and final top ten win of the week. Once again he came from a set down and was taken to the wire winning 6-7 6-4 7-6 and 9-7 in the final set tie-break.
What a week, it did end as a runner-up for the recently turned 20 year old but he played phenomenal even in the final against Rafael Nadal it was soo competitive.
This was a staple tournament for Stefanos announcing himself and since then the progression into his performance in 2019 was magnificent.
I don’t think I’ve seen a run quite like this on the tour. 6 matches in as many days and four consecutive wins against top 10 players at a Masters 1000 is a good stage to announce yourself on!