Andrey Rublev refused to get into a war of words with Stefanos Tsitsipas after the Greek criticized him after his performance. On Friday, Rublev defeated Tsitsipas 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 to secure the final semi-final spot at the ATP Finals.
After the match, Tsitsipas openly said that it was “a shame” that he lost because he was “the better player”. In addition, Tsitsipas said that Rublev hit him “with some tools that he has.” Rublev responded respectfully when asked about Tsitsipas’ comments.
“I don’t know if I have few tools or none at all. If I go shot for shot, I think his backhand is no better than mine, his forehand is no better than mine, his serve speed is no better than mine. He’s faster “. and plays much better on it.
But if we go shot by shot, I don’t think so. Obviously he is the best player because he is ranked higher and achieves better results, it is obvious, there is no doubt. But I don’t think he beat him for having few tools.
If you take all our matches, we have tough battles,” Rublev explained, quoted in Sportskeeda.
What exactly did Stefanos Tsitsipas say about Andrey Rublev?
Losing to Rublev, Tsitsipas did not make it past the group stage in Turin.
Tsitsipas was apparently not impressed with how Rublev beat him. “He was serving well. I found the spots, you know? I mean, he’s a good returner. Nothing to take away from him. 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.