Stefanos Tsitsipas said it was «a shame» that he lost to Andrey Rublev because he felt he was «the best player». On Friday night in Turin, Rublev rallied from a set down to beat Tsitsipas 3-6, 6-3, 6-2. By beating Tsitsipas, Rublev clinched the last spot in the ATP Finals semi-final.
Tsitsipas got off to a good start to the game but Rublev refused to give up and it paid off as the Russian pulled off a comeback.
Tsitsipas shades Rublev
«He was serving well. I found the spots, you know? I mean, he’s a good returner.
Nothing to take away. He played a lot of returns. I tried to mix it up at the end. I didn’t really feel threatened. He just wanted to try something new, to see if it might work and throw him off a bit. Yeah, we had a very long game towards the end where I kept trying new things.
I can tell that things were going pretty well on his end. It’s a shame. I feel like the best player. I felt like I could do more with the ball today. I felt that I could be much more creative. I don’t even have to say that.
I think it’s pretty obvious. But, yes, he prevailed with the few tools he has. He was really able to take advantage of them and win today,» Tsitsipas said after the match. Earlier this year, Tsitsipas defeated Rublev twice.
This time, it was Rublev who ended up on the winning side. With his loss to Rublev, Tsitsipas’ 2022 season officially came to an end. Tsitsipas entered the ATP Finals with a chance to claim the year-end No. 1 ranking. In Turin, Tsitsipas needed to win all three of his group stage matches and then win the title to reach the world number 1 position. Since Tsitsipas did not, Carlos Alcaraz finished as the year-end number 1.