Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas was angry at himself after a bad start to his Mubadala World Tennis Championship clash against Novak Djokovic. Djokovic, ranked at No. 2 in the world, dominated the first set but didn't win the match in the end.
World No. 6 Tsitsipas completed a big comeback as beat the defending champion 3-6 7-6 (4) 6-4 to make the final at the Abu Dhabi exhibition. "The start of the match wasn’t my best, I found myself 5-1 down. I got a bit angry with myself.
I didn’t show it, I just told myself I was better and I just loosened up,” Tsitsipas said after the match, per the tournament's website. “It’s was good to have such a battle. We both played high-quality tennis.
I’m glad that I played a lot with my brain today. “The crowd were a lot of fun. I was thinking at one point how much energy they were bringing out on to the court. They make a whole lot of difference and it makes it more exciting to play."
Tsitsipas blew a 5-1 second set lead but kept his focus as he converted his second set point in the tie-break to force a decider. The Greek broke the Serb in the opening game of the third set and then held on to his serve to book a final clash against world No. 1 Rafael Nadal.