Intending to reach the first final of the season, Stefanos Tsitsipas entered into the semifinal at the Rotterdam Open 2021, followed by three neck to neck encounters. But, No.2 seed Greek fell to World No.8 Andrey Rublev before seating a final spot in the straight sets(6-3, 7-6).
At the beginning of this year, Tsitsipas played 13 matches in the Australian Open swing. After that, just a week of hiatus, Stefanos and his brother Petros arrived at Rotterdam Ahoy for an ATP 500 event, where he handed a mind-blowing draw in both singles and doubles.
“This Was A Tough Tournament For Me”, says Stefanos Tsitsipas
Before becoming the last four on the Netherlands indoor hard courts, Tsitsipas rallied more than two hours to defeat opponents in the previous rounds. Also, he played two doubles matches with his sibling partner. As a result, he might not be able to compete against the No.4 seed with full intensity.
“This was a tough tournament for me because I had to give lots of energy, both in singles and doubles,” Tsitsipas stated in a post-match interview.
On the other hand, he did not forget to express his admiration for his rival. “Rublev played incredibly well with his great forehand”, Greek added.
“I Will Now Try To Recover For The Tournament In Marseille Next Week,”: Tsitispas
Right now, the 2021 Australian Open semifinalist will travel to a french city Marseille to defend his title for the second consecutive time at the Open 13, which runs 8th-14th this month.
Tsitsipas also will play a doubles event with his brother on the indoor hard courts. And he continued, “I will now try to recover for the Tournament in Marseille next week.”
Despite a second semifinal loss of the year, Tsitsipas on Monday will rise to No. 5 in the world rankings, tying his career-high and surpassing Roger Federer in the standings.