World No. 3 Stefanos Tsitsipas was acknowledged that he tends to drive the backhand with his topspin instead of using slice. The Greek was then asked to explain would using it with slice be more helpful. "Well, it's combining it both.
I mean, also slicing too much can cause harm, as well. You know, you have to keep it balanced," Tsitsipas said, when asked would using slice more suit him better. "I feel very confident with my backhand, and sometimes, you know, I do understand that I'm not slicing a lot, but that's also for a reason.
My backhand, my topspin on one-handed backhand is a shot that I trust a lot and has helped my win many matches. "It's very rare that I have, in my previous match encounters, that I have really won a match because of slicing really well.
That has happened but not that much. On the other hand, my one-handed backhand has saved me and helped me to get important wins in my career. "Yeah, I mean, I want to use it more, but I think my weapons are clear. That's from nature."
Tsitsipas beaten in the Toronto Masters semifinal
Tsitsipas, who made it past Rafael Nadal at No. 3 on the ATP rankings list, was hoping to win it all in Toronto and in the same week achieve a career-high and win a Masters title.
Unfortunately for Tsitsipas, he got stunned by Reilly Opelka in the Toronto semifinal. "It was played on the details, and he prevailed. It didn't go my way when it had to, and it's all right. I feel like there is hope for next time," Tsitsipas said, per the ATP website.
"When you get no rhythm, it's also kind of difficult, sometimes feel and get the shots that you had before. It kind of ruins your game very silently, very slow. The main factor there is just to forget all that and just play."