“It’s a Loop of Constant Repetition” – Stefanos Tsitsipas Sends Out Message After Loss

Published 03/01/2020, 2:16 AM EST


The 21-year-old Greek professional Stefanos Tsitsipas earned his ticket to the second straight finals in Dubai. Last year, he was trounced by Roger Federer in the finals and this year, Novak Djokovic culminated his Dubai title hopes.

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Post his loss in UAE, Tsitsipas wasn’t demotivated. He accepted his defeat and was optimistic about his upcoming days on the ATP Tour. 

 “Keep failing until you make it, I guess. It’s a loop of constant repetition, trying to get better, trying to repeat yourself and learn from your mistakes. To all the young kids out there, believe in yourself, it’s going to come. It’s all patience and dedication to what you love,” he stated.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas and Novak Djokovic

Out of the 11 ATP finals that the Greek gun has played in his career, Tsitsipas has lost six of them. And out of those six defeats, five of his losses were at the hands of ‘Big Three’ contestants.

He has lost two finals against Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, and one against Roger Federer. Stefanos is yet to win a title after triumphing over the liege lords of tennis in the championship match.

“Novak Djokovic gave more than me” – Stefanos Tsitsipas 

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With Djokovic winning his title, the Serb lodged his 21st consecutive win on the ATP Tour. And Tsitsipas’ eight-match winning streak came to an end, which began in Marseille last week.

“I don’t really feel much, honestly,” Tsitsipas said. “I think I just felt happier first year when I made the final. For sure, I’m proud of myself because I showed good discipline and I managed to play the same this year.”

“But it’s kind of disappointing trying so hard and much and not really getting the final result that you want. For sure, I would love to see myself holding that trophy. Of course, he gave more than me and he deserves it.”

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Stefanos Tsitsipas and Novak Djokovic

On Saturday, Novak Djokovic earned US $565,705 in prize money and 500 ATP ranking points, while Tsitsipas received a cheque of US $284,485 and 300 ATP points.

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Mahalakshmi Murali

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Mahalakshmi Murali joined EssentiallySports in 2018 as a tennis author and has gone on to pen more than 1800 engaging articles, probing into various aspects of the sport and its illustrious players. With her expertise on the sport, Mahalakshmi has interviewed stalwarts from the sport such as Serena WIlliams’ coach Patrick Mouratoglou and Kevin Anderson’s physio, Carlos Costa. Equipped with her vast experience and a keen understanding of the sport, Mahalakshmi now co-heads the tennis department.

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