Stefanos Tsitsipas took a moment to send a message to his "haters" following the backlash he received on social media. On Friday, Tsitsipas played against Andrey Rublev at the ATP Finals in Turin. Tsitsipas, who was beaten in three sets by Rublev, needed to beat the Russian in order to make the semifinal in Turin.
After the match, Tsitsipas said he was "the better player" and openly said that Rublev defeated him with "a few tools that he has." Tsitsipas immediately started receiving criticism as manythat thought his comments were disrespectful toward Rublev.
Stefanos Tsitsipas sends a message to his 'haters'
"Dear haters, I have so much more for you to be mad at. Just be patient," Tsitsipas captioned his Instagram post.
Tsitsipas made a positive start against Rublev, winning the first set.
However, Rublev refused to quit and he staged a 3-6 6-3 6-2 comeback. "I was serving well. I found the spots, you know? I mean, he's a good returner. Nothing to take away from him. He played a lot of returns in. I tried to mix it up at the end.
I didn't really feel threatened. I just wanted to try something new, to see if it might work and throw him off a little bit. Yeah, we had a very long game towards the end where I kept trying new things. I can say things were coming off the racquet pretty good from his side.
It's a shame. I feel like the better player. I felt like I could do more with the ball today. I felt like I could just be much more creative. I don't even have to say that. I think it's quite obvious. But, yeah, he prevailed with the few tools that he has. He was able to really take advantage of them and win today," Tsitsipas said after the match.