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Nov/22

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Tsitsipas Loses, Then Takes Shot At Rublev In Turin

Stefanos Tsitispas lost to Andrey Rublev 36 63 62 today at Nitto ATP Finals in Turin round robin play and sounded off after with an unexpected analysis of why he lost the match.

“It’s a shame. I feel like the better player,” Tsitsipas said of his Turin ending defeat today to the powerful Russian. “I felt like I could do more with the ball today. I felt like I could just be much more creative. I don’t even have to say that. I think it’s quite obvious. But, yeah, he prevailed with the few tools that he has. He was able to really take advantage of them and win today.”

Tsitsipas had beaten Rublev twice earlier in 2022, both in three sets and today he was evidently very irritated at not being able to beat Rublev a third time in a row. Rublev won two of their three clashes in 2021 and now the overall head to head record is 6-5 for Tsitsipas. One year older, Rublev has won 12 ATP singles titles, three more than the Greek stylist’s nine. Tsitipas has earned more money than Rublev – $21m compared to $13m.

Rublev seemed to understand and accept the belittling words from his victim today: “Obviously [Tsitsipas is the] better player because he’s higher ranked. I don’t know if I have few tools or not. If we go shot by shot, I think his backhand is better than mine. His forehand is not better than mine. The speed [of his first] serve is not better than mine. He’s faster. He play much better than it. If we go for best shot, I don’t think… Obviously he’s better player because he’s higher ranked and he achieved better results. It’s obvious. There is no doubt. But I don’t think that I beat him because of few tools. If you take our match, every match, we have tough battles. This year I lost to him twice in three sets, and now I beat him in three sets.”

25 year old Rublev will now play Casper Ruud in the semis, his first time to advance from ATP World Tour Finals round robin play in two previous appearances. .

World no. 3 Tsitsipas will play a Challenger in France next week.

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3 comments

  • Sam · November 19, 2022 at 2:32 am

    Well, they said you was high-class.

    Well, that was just a lie.

    😆

  • Matt Segel · November 20, 2022 at 10:01 pm

    Just confirms why I don’t root for or think very highly of Stefano.

  • Scoop Malinowski · November 21, 2022 at 7:43 am

    Matt, I see these comments by Tsitsipas as a positive actually. Remember after young Djokovic lost his first match to Rafa at French Open and after the match at his press conference Novak actually declared he felt he was playing better than Rafa and he was in control of the points. Everyone scoffed at him for saying this but it was his belief. He proved himself to be correct and he proved it on the court later as he overcame and conquered Rafa and leads the head to head series now and he’s also beaten him on clay many times. Novak proved it doesnt matter what the media or fans believe, what matter is what he believes. And Tsitsipas stubbornly believes he is better than Rublev with more dimensions. Now let’s see if he can prove that assertion as Novak did.

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