Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas left the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in positive spirits despite falling just short of winning the title. Tsitsipas, ranked at No. 6 in the world, was edged out by world No. 1 Rafael Nadal in the final as the Spaniard won 6-7 (3) 7-5 7-6 (3) to lift his fifth title at the event.
Tsitsipas beat rising Russian star Andrey Rublev in the quarterfinal, before defeating second-ranked Novak Djokovic to book a final clash against Nadal. "I gave it my all out there and I liked your support. I’ve really enjoyed it in Abu Dhabi, the people have been very nice.
I’m grateful to have the opportunity to witness that. I think I’ve made 8,000 new friends today!" Tsitsipas said after the final, per the tournament's website. Tsitsipas, who enjoyed a great 2019 season, was playing at the Abu Dhabi exhibition for the first time in his career.
The Greek's focus now turns to the upcoming inaugural ATP Cup, where he will be hoping to lead his side to a good result.