Greek tennis star Stefanos Tsitsipas insisted he and world No. 8 Andrey Rublev "produced incredible tennis" at the Nitto ATP Finals on Tuesday evening as the Greek was extremely happy that he had managed to finish on the winning side and keep his chances of qualifying for the semifinal alive.
Tsitsipas, ranked at No. 6 in the world, edged out Rublev 6-1 4-6 7-6 (6) to improve to 1-1 at this year's Nitto ATP Finals and push the Russian to a 0-2 record. At 6-5 in the third-set tie-break, Rublev served a double fault on his match point -- he never recovered from that as Tsitsipas also won the following two points to claim the win.
"It was an unbelievable match from both sides. We produced some incredible tennis,” Tsitsipas said after the match, per the Nitto ATP Finals website. “The relief at the very end of putting all that effort and all that fight on the court paid off.
I am very happy that I showed determination and a willingness to not give up when he had match point. It came easier when he was up 6/5, but then I produced some really good tennis and that helped me take the win”.
Tsitsipas feels he could still improve
"Having the opportunity to play lots of matches like this, at such a high intensity, and always testing myself against these players gives me the opportunity to learn and grow,” Tsitsipas said.
“It is a learning opportunity as well for today. Even though it was a win, I still feel like there is plenty to improve and get better at. I am sure being with that mindset, being willing to just put more and more effort into what I am doing and more sacrifices are going to pay off at the end”.
Rublev, who has won five ATP titles year, had a great chance to beat Tsitsipas but he served a double fault on a match point. "It doesn’t matter if it is a double fault, a winner by him or my mistake. The result is the same," Rublev said of his double fault on a match point, per Nikolaus Fink.
In his last Round Robin match, Rublev will face Dominic Thiem, who edged out Rafael Nadal 7-6 (7) 7-6 (4) on Tuesday afternoon. "It was one of the best matches of this year,“ Rublev said of the Nadal and Thiem clash.