Tsitsipas searching for answers after Cincinnati final loss | ATP circuit
Stefanos Tsitsipas is sometimes dubbed the ‘Greek philosopher’ as he often uses Twitter to post thoughtful and analytical content, but following Sunday’s loss to Borna Coric in the Cincinnati final, the world No.5 admitted he he lacked answers to his sets. defeat.
“I’m still looking for the answer myself. I don’t have a clear answer,” Tsitsipas said of the loss. “He was obviously the opposite of who I was, very involved. Sometimes that makes you not be very present in the moment when you’re too relaxed.
“I think he served well. He moved me a lot. I could have used my chances in the first set. I don’t know why I didn’t. I rushed a bit.
Despite the loss, Tsitsipas holds a Tour-leading 46 wins in 2022 and his run to the Western & Southern Open final propels him to second place in the Pepperstone ATP Live Race To Turin. His second-place finish Sunday in Ohio follows two semifinal outings at the event in the previous two years.
Boasting a leading 19 wins in the ATP Masters 1000 Tour in 2022, Tsitsipas ousted world No. 1 Daniil Medvedev in the Cincinnati semi-finals to advance to his fifth final of the season. He also reached the final in Rotterdam and Rome and won the trophy in Monte Carlo and Mallorca.
The 24-year-old is now aiming for his first run in week two at the US Open, where he is one of many players who will have a shot at becoming the world No. 1 in Pepperstone’s ATP rankings.
Tsitsipas has suffered heartbreaking losses in New York for the past two seasons. Last year, he lost a fifth-set tie-break to Carlos Alcaraz in the third round. In 2020, the Greek held six match points against Coric in the third round but failed to convert.
The 2019 Nitto ATP Finals champion praised Coric during his post-match press conference. “The less you miss him, the more he complicates your life. He’s almost like a Daniil Medvedev but hits the ball a bit harder, adding a bit more topspin to the ball, opening up the court. Basically, his ball has a bit more weight when it comes off your strings.