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Stefanos Tsitsipas surpasses Rafael Nadal for most wins on the ATP tour in 2022

Stefanos Tsitsipas in action at the 2022 Monte-Carlo Masters
Stefanos Tsitsipas in action at the 2022 Monte-Carlo Masters
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Karan Vinod

Tennis superstar Stefanos Tsitsipas has had an excellent season to date and now leads the ATP tour with the most wins this season. The Greek overtook Rafael Nadal's tally of 20 wins with his 21st victory in Saturday's semifinal against Alexander Zverev in Monte-Carlo.

However, Stefanos Tsitsipas is yet to win a title this year, having reached the semifinals and beyond on a number of occasions. He will be hoping to secure his first trophy of the season when he takes on Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in the final on Sunday.

The two players have already faced off this season, with Tsitsipas beating the Spaniard en route to the final in Rotterdam in a hard-fought three-set encounter.

ATP Match Wins Leaders (2022)Stefanos Tsitsipas: 21 (21-7)Rafa Nadal: 20 (20-1)Taylor Fritz: 20 (20-6)Jannik Sinner: 19 (19-4)Andrey Rublev: 19 (19-7)*update

Tsitsipas announced himself to the world in 2018 after reaching the Barcelona Open final without dropping a set. He beat three top-20 players before falling to Rafael Nadal in the summit clash.

Tsitsipas once again showcased his enormous talent at the Rogers Cup later that year. The Greek youngster beat the likes of Novak Djokovic and Alexander Zverev en route to another final against Nadal. The Spaniard again got the better of the Greek, but the match was a lot closer than their previous meeting.

Rafael Nadal, meanwhile, has had his best-ever start to the season. The Spaniard has been in imperious form, winning three out of the four tournaments he has played in (including the 2022 Australian Open).

Unfortunately for the World No. 4, he suffered a rib stress fracture at Indian Wells, where his 20-match winning streak was snapped in the final by Taylor Fritz. Nadal has begun "light training" and is expected to return in time for the Madrid Masters in May.


Stefanos Tsitsipas' 2022 season thus far

Tsitsipas plays a backhand at the 2022 Miami Open
Tsitsipas plays a backhand at the 2022 Miami Open

After reaching the 2022 Australian Open semifinals, many predicted that Stefanos Tsitsipas would win multiple titles this season and finally make a push for the World No. 1 ranking. However, things haven't panned out quite like the Greek would have liked.

Tsitsipas made the final in Rotterdam and the semifinals in Acapulco, losing to Felix Auger-Aliassime and Cameron Norrie respectively. He followed it up with disappointing performances at the Sunshine Double, failing to get past the Round of 16 in both tournaments.

But there is still a long way to go this season and given his prowess on clay, Tsitsipas will be among the frontrunners in Madrid, Rome and Paris.

Stefanos Tsitsipas remporte cette deuxième 1/2 finale 6-4 6-2 en 1h15 et defendra son titre demain contre Davidovich Fokina.#rolexmcmasters #mccc #monaco #tennis #atptour #masters1000@MC_CountryClub @steftsitsipas https://t.co/NybwR5dtaO

Edited by Nihal Taraporvala
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