Stefanos Tsitsipas suffered a disappointing end to his season after losing to Rafael Nadal at the Nitto ATP Finals. The Greek said that he was trying to be too aggressive and impatient, which cost him the match.
Stefanos Tsitsipas, suffered a disappointing end to his 2020 season, after a 3-set loss to Rafael Nadal in a must win encounter of the Group London 2020 round-robin clash. The defending champion of the Nitto ATP Finals, could not measure up to the firepower of the the Spaniard in a make or break 3rd set, which he lost 6-2. The Greek stretched the match into a 3rd set, after winning the 2nd set, breaking Nadal in the last game.
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Stefanos Tsitsipas was felt agitated after his loss to Rafael Nadal and became his own critic after he questioned his own style of play. He said that he was trying to be too aggressive at times and failed to understand what he was trying to do. “I don’t even know what I was trying to do, honestly,” Tsitsipas said. “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.
Will the Greek rethink his aggressive game?
Stefanos Tsitsipas has not had the best year on tour, falling in early rounds at the Australian Open and the US Open. After a good showing at the Hamburg Open and the French Open, the Greek disappointed again during the indoor hard court season. He was left quite disappointed after his loss to Nadal at the Nitto ATP Finals, where he is the defending champion. The Greek said that he had to be a lot more patient against Nadal and serve better.
“I should have handled it a little bit more clever and patiently, but it didn’t happen. 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 in the moment. Quite disappointed with that. But that’s life,” said Tsitsipas. The Greek also said that the whole coronavirus situation had taken a toll of him.
“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,” Tsitsipas reflected on the coronavirus situation. “I’m very happy that I didn’t break down, and I’m sure if you ask other players they are going to respond the same way.” Stefanos Tsitsipas would love to use his time off to focus on his game, and come back stronger in the 2021 season.