Rising Greek star Stefanos Tsitsipas was happy with his week in Tokyo despite the quarter-final exit at the Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships. The 20-year-old lost to fan-favorite Kei Nishikori on Friday 6-3 6-3. The fifth-seeded Greek lost his serve in the fifth game of the first set -- but broke back the Japanese in the following game to make it all tied at 3-3.
No. 3 seed Nishikori then broke Tsitsipas three times in a row -- all while holding his serve -- to take a 6-3 3-0 lead. No breaks of serve were seen in the rest of the match as the Japanese went on to seal a place in the semi-final.
Tsitsipas, ranked at No. 15 in the world, was playing in Tokyo for the second time in his career. The Greek won two qualifying matches last year to make his main draw debut in Tokyo. 2014 US Open champion Marin Cilic proved to be too much for Tsitsipas in last year's Tokyo first round.
"Thank you Tokyo and the Rakuten Open for a memorable week full of nice feelings and emotions," Tsitsipas wrote on Twitter. "I will miss this beautiful country so much! The hospitality here was great and I honestly can't wait to be back next year.
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