Stefanos Tsitsipas after the defeat: "I'm trying to understand"
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Thirteen defeats in the final, four in a Masters 1000 and two in North America. In 2018 in Toronto and in 2022 in Cincinnati. Stefanos Tsitsipas gives way to Borna Coric and once again misses the appointment with a title on hardcourt that has been missing for two years now.
The Greek talent, who does not take advantage of a break advantage during the first set, simply cannot keep up with the Croatian, who dominates the tie break and spreads in the second: "I have no idea what made a difference today or what happened.
I'm actually trying to figure it out too. I don't know. I'm obviously aware that I could have done more, of course. I seem too relaxed to have lost a game, he adds with a bitter smile, clearly he was much more tied to the game than I was, so I can only congratulate him on this incredible success.
Sometimes when you are too relaxed you are not so present, you are probably moving away from the goal. I could have risked more in the first set and I don't even know why I didn't. I think the first set made a difference and maybe if I had managed to win it the game would have been different."
On Coric: "The more mistakes you make, the harder it becomes to play them"
He also words on Coric: "I don't know, he plays as always.
I don't think much has changed. He has great shots from the baseline, he rarely goes to the net, he's a great hitter. In general I think he also had better days in service, so I'm sorry I wasn't able to take advantage of that.
He is extraordinary in two things: the serve and the baseline game. The more mistakes you make, the harder life becomes against such players. Let's say that he is a bit like Daniil Medvedev, with the difference that he pulls harder and opens the corners even more."