World No. 6 Stefanos Tsitsipas admitted that he wasn't happy with the way he fought against 20-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal in his final Round Robin match at the Nitto ATP Finals. Tsitsipas, who claimed his maiden Nitto ATP Finals title last year, won't be winning back-to-back titles at The O2 Arena as he exited the event after losing to Nadal 6-4 4-6 6-2.
"I really hope that I fight more next time," says Tsitsipas of his match with Nadal today, per Tennis Majors. "Because I was not happy with the way I fought today. I was just too easy when I had to stay hard. Too easy to break."
Tsitsipas' season is finished and the Greek admitted that playing tennis during the pandemic felt lonely and being isolated wasn't an easy thing at all. "I'm not a person who sees that dark side of things, but this whole thing was very difficult to handle, to be honest with you, and I'm very happy that I didn't break down, and I'm sure if you ask other players, they are going to respond the same way," Tsitsipas said.
"I will try and forget the negatives, because who needs negativity in this world? Just looking at the bright side of it. Trying to get to the end of the tunnel and see something better in the near future."
Tsitsipas disappointed he didn't play better in the decider
"I'm quite disappointed with the third one [set].
It didn't go as planned. I was rushing... I don't even know what I was trying to do, to be honest. I was way too aggressive... I wasn't fully present, I wasn't playing in the moment... that's life." Nadal, who lost the second set after dropping his serve in the 10th game of the set, claimed three breaks in the third set to prevent Tsitsipas from claiming a comeback win.
"I think I played quite well for such a long time,” Nadal said. “That game at 5-4 in the second [set] affected [the match] a little bit. I lost the second [set] and then I was able to have the break in third [set] earlier, but then he broke me back.
“I thought I was winning my serves quite comfortably until that moment. After that, everything changed a little bit. I think I started to serve a little bit worse but, in general terms, it [was] a very positive match for me."