Anxiety prevents Thomaz Bellucci from winning close matches

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Anxiety prevents Thomaz Bellucci from winning close matches

Brazil's Thomaz Bellucci reveals that he gets a bit anxious at the end of close matches. The Brazilian was edged by Argentine Facundo Bagnis 3-6 6-4 7-5 in the Sarasota Challenger last-16. The 30-year-old has already picked up multiple three-set losses at both ATP and Challenger level this year.

"I'm getting a little anxious to close matches and that's hurting me," Bellucci said. Bellucci returned to tennis in February after serving a five-month silent drugs ban. The 30-year-old's last tournament of the 2017 season was the US Open.

The Brazilian is a four-time ATP champion and former world No. 21. He is now ranked at No. 224 in the world. Bellucci admitted that he is so eager to win matches and return to the top-100. Bellucci is due to play next at the Tallahassee Challenger -- 23-29 April.

"But I need to keep working hard and stay focused," the four-time ATP champion added. Also read: Alexandr Dolgopolov pulls out of Budapest