Stefanos Tsitsipas: 'Dominic Thiem fooled me'


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Stefanos Tsitsipas: 'Dominic Thiem fooled me'

Stefanos Tsitsipas reacted to his loss against Dominic Thiem at the China Open in Beijing. The Greek said: "There hasn't been anything in particular that I didn't do right. I was one point away from winning that match.

At 4-All, I was feeling very well at that moment. Kind of like ruined me after that point. I don't know why. I shouldn't have stayed back. I should have taken the return a bit earlier. I didn't do it, so I paid for it. He fooled me.

He played very smartly. He stayed back, returned all of my serves. Yeah, my service games were really bad, really poor, not consistent at all, playing with a lot of second serves. He deserves it because he did the right things.

I didn't do the right things. He was just more patient in his game plan. I was just rushing and didn't have a clear head of the things that were happening in the court. He did serve and volley at that moment, as I mentioned before.

He played a good volley. But not a crazy good volley. It's a shame. I mean, it was very close. It's a shame because I was playing really well, was trying a lot. Kind of changed after that." He hopes to reach the ATP Finals in London: "Obviously, I have to compete against the best players in the world.

Every match is the toughest one. It's different. Every match is very, very tough. Your body is going to go through a lot of pain and hard work to do well in that tournament. I still have to improve on things. I still have to be consistent.

I still have to focus on my development as a player until the ATP Finals. I think I have good chances if I make it. It's important for me to be among these players playing tennis."