Stefanos Tsitsipas is yet to win his first ATP 500 title, losing all six finals since Barcelona 2018! Last week, the Greek's latest setback came in Acapulco, suffering a tight loss to Alexander Zverev and still seeking the first ATP title since Marseille in 2020.
Speaking about the final, Tsitsipas said he didn't think about going that far when he arrived in Acapulco. The youngster enjoyed every day spent in Mexico, spending quality time both on and off the court and finishing runner-up after playing on a high level.
It wasn't enough to go all the way, though, as Zverev beat him 6-4, 7-6 in two hours and 17 minutes for his 14th ATP trophy. It was the German's first triumph over the Greek since Washington 2018, losing five straight matches after that and finding the way to turn the tables around and lift his biggest title since 2018.
Alexander hit 26 winners and 33 unforced errors, saving six out of eight break chances and earning three breaks from 12 opportunities to move over the top in straight sets despite a slow start. The German struggled behind the second serve, but it wasn't enough for Tsitsipas to take at least a set and stay in contention.
Stefanos raced into a 4-1 lead in the opener before Alexander grabbed the next five games for 6-4. In set number two, Zverev saved a set point at 5-6 and claimed the tie break to seal the deal and celebrate the first ATP 500 title since Washington 2018.
Stefanos Tsitsipas would love to improve his performance in the upcoming finals.
"I would be thrilled to walk away with a Masters 1000 title. The opportunity hasn't presented itself, but I feel like I'm getting close.
I want it a lot, and the desire is there; it always has been. I'm always working on getting better, and I think that's what will help me get to that point of winning Masters 1000 events. I also feel I need more opportunities to get there.
It is a chance for all of us without the top players; I won't lie. There are plenty of good guys who aren't in the top-5 who can play good tennis. I can see them as a threat, too. I don't see myself as the favorite.
I like to enter a tournament with low expectations and build my way through. I have a pretty difficult draw despite all of this. I have matches that I will have to fight hard and give my best. It adds a lot to my psychological state.
In Acapulco, I wasn't expecting myself to end up in the final. I wasn't thinking of the final when the event started. I was enjoying every single day there; the weather was great, the people were friendly. The crowd seemed very excited to have me there, and I wanted to bring the best out of my game.
There wasn't a single trace of negativity or any negative outcome until the final. I can only learn from it, and it is something that I cannot go back and fix. I might as well embrace it and move on stronger and take that as an example and as a lesson that I wouldn't want to happen again soon or in any other final that I might play," Stefanos Tsitsipas said.