Sporting Life

Greek god rises but Big Three have not yet been conquered

Conquering Greeks evidently tend to start early. Alexander the Great ascended to the throne at 20 and Stefanos Tsitsipas earned his first serious crown at 21. The ATP Finals champion had an injured foot yet played as if he'd discovered an alternative energy source. ''Tough as nails,'' said that old boy Roger Federer about the Greek and that's like earning praise from Homer himself.

Tsitsipas was striking a blow for single-handed backhand folk, bearded dudes, orators (he is given to emotional soliloquies) and young fellows who are tired of being caned by pensioners. He and Dominic Thiem, 26, did not hit balls but simply murdered them in hot blood. Medical checks will confirm, neither man has a hesitant bone.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 19, 2019, with the headline 'Greek god rises but Big Three have not yet been conquered'. Print Edition | Subscribe