Russian tennis star Andrey Rublev ’s dream run came to an end at Nitto ATP Finals, after his second straight loss against Stefanos Tsitsipas.
With a must-win game for Rublev against Stefanos Tsitsipas to have a chance to qualify for the elimination stage, the Russian fell short in the dying phase of the game to gift a win to his Greek counterpart. Stefanos won the tiebreaker 8-6 to keep himself alive in the tournament.
Tsitsipas started the match on high by dominating the first set 6-1, but the Russian won the subsequent set 6-4 to make his point in the game. The deciding set going neck to neck with Rublev once, almost having a chance to win it, Tsitsipas came back more robust in the game of nerves to make it 6-6. In the tiebreaker, it was Tsitsipas who was adjudged the winner.
“I am The One Who Cannot Complain”: Andrey Rublev
The 23-years-old has 40-8 win-loss record in this season so far. Besides, Rublev holds most title winner of the year record on his name. And also, he moved into top ten players list for the first time in his career.
Post his match against Stefanos, Russian said, “I am grateful for this season. I cannot complain. I won so many tournaments that I never won before. This year, I won more tournaments than in (the rest of) my career.”
Russian Continued, “I won more matches than (any year) in my career. I am the one who cannot complain. And I can only be grateful for this season. I became Top 10 for the first time, so this season was amazing for me.”
Andrey Rublev will be playing for pride in his last group stage encounter against current world number three and his group leader, Dominic Thiem. Austrian is in the red hot form and favourite to win it.
On the other hand, after two straight losses in the group stage, Rublev too would be hoping to end the tournament on a good note by winning his last match.