Malek Jaziri, 34, insists that he's still happy with his Istanbul Open campaign. The Tunisian was hoping that he would win his maiden ATP title on the clay of Istanbul -- but fell just short. Japan's Taro Daniel handed a 7-6 (4) 6-4 loss to the 34-year-old in a two-hour and 22-minute final.
Jaziri missed on a great chance to win the first set as he blew a set point on his serve while 5-4 up in the opener. The Tunisian stunned 2017 Istanbul champion and No. 1 seed Marin Cilic in the last-16. "I gave everything but today wasn't my day.
It's still a good result. Nothing to regret," Jaziri said after the final. Jaziri was bidding to become the first Arab player to win an ATP title since 2002. An Arab player hasn't won an ATP title since Moroccan tennis legend Younes El Aynaoui won it all in Munich in 2002.
Jaziri earlier this year lost in the semi-finals of the ATP 500 event in Dubai. Back then, the Tunisian stunned 2017 ATP Finals champion Grigor Dimitrov -- Also beat rising star Stefanos Tsitsipas and Robin Haase -- but couldn't pull off another surprise and beat Roberto Bautista Agut in the semi-finals.