Greek tennis star Stefanos Tsitsipas tried to stay positive after finishing runner-up in Dubai for the second consecutive season. Tsitsipas, seeded at No. 2, couldn't pull off a surprise win in the final as world No. 1 Novak Djokovic won 6-3 6-4.
No. 1 seed Djokovic saved a break point in the fifth game before claiming the lone break of the first set in the eighth game. Tsitsipas recovered from a break down in the second set but once again struggled to hold his serve as Djokovic routinely served out for the match after earning a break in the ninth game.
"It happened again, it had to happen of course. First of all congrats Novak, again. It’s just a great learning experience, playing out there against such an athlete. It’s just unbelievable for me to be learning match by match, trying to get better," Tsitsipas said, via Reem Abulleil.
Last year, Tsitsipas was beaten by record 20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer in his maiden Dubai final. "Keep failing until you make it, I guess. It's a loop of constant repetition, trying to get better, trying to learn from your mistakes.
To all the young kids out there, believe in yourself, it's going to come, it's all patience and dedication to what you love," Tsitsipas added.