Defending Champion Stefanos Tsitsipas was eliminated from the ATP Finals 2020. Greek lost his third round-robin match to Rafael Nadal, who reserved his semifinals place at O2. However, the 22-years-old feels positive after finishing the season-ending tournament in the 1-2 win-loss record.
A group London 2020 match began amid high expectations for a semifinal place at the O2 Arena on Thursday night. Stefanos Tsitsipas took on Spanish legend in the second consecutive time at the Nitto ATP Finals. In the go inside or go outside encounter, world number sixth fell against former world one by a scoreline of 6-4, 4-6, 6-2.
He was speaking about his performance against Spanish great in a crucial match in London. Tsitsipas said, “I don’t even know what I was trying to do, honestly. Trying to be way, way too aggressive. I was giving him free points without really, you know, himself doing much or hurting me from the back.”
According to Tsitsipas, he anticipated an intelligent and calm match against world number two, but it went up to different directions. Stef continued, “My serve was not there when I needed it, and these guys, you just have to be there. I wasn’t fully present. I wasn’t playing at the moment. Quite disappointed with that. But that’s life.”
“I Will Try And Forget The Negatives”: Stefanos Tsitsipas
2020 would be one of the remarkable seasons in Tsitsipas professional career. He also found best places at the major tournament this year. While Greek reached the semifinal for the first time at the French Open, he played until the third round at the US Open.
And Stef would conclude the season as a top ten player in the ATP ranking list, and it will be the second time in his career. He is currently ranking number sixth in the world.
“I’m not a person who sees the dark side of things. But this whole thing was very difficult to handle, to be honest with you. I’m pleased that I didn’t break down, and I’m sure if you ask other players, they are going to respond the same way.”, Tsitsipas said with a lot of confidence.
Speaking positively about his future, Stefanos expressed, “There were a few positives I can take from that. I will try and forget the negatives, because who needs negativity in this world? Just looking at the bright side of it. Trying to get to the end of the tunnel and see something better in the near future.”