“Biggest sore loser and most unlikeable player”

Stefanos Tsitsipas called Andrey Rublev a player with “few tools” after their winner-takes-all battle at the 2022 ATP Finals on Friday. Rublev beat Tsitsipas 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 to proceed to the semifinals, knocking out the Greek player in the process, as the Russian player made it out of the Red Group along with Novak Djokovic.

After the match, Tsitsipas spoke about how he was the better player against Rublev but did not take his chances. He then said that he believes Rublev took advantage of the limited tools at his disposal, much to the dissent of tennis fans.

World no. 3 Tsitsipas reflected on the match during his press conference after Friday night’s loss in Turin.

“I felt like the better player. I felt like I could do more with the ball today. I felt like I could just be much more creative…He prevailed with the few tools that he has, he was able to really take advantage of them and win today,” Stefanos Tsitsipas said.

This was Rublev’s 5th win in 11 tour-level matches against Tsitsipas, and he also defeated the Greek star at the round-robin stage of the ATP Finals last season. Rublev also beat Tsitsipas at the 2019 US Open.

Fans reacted to Tsitsipas’ comments, criticizing him for not being gracious in defeat and belittling his opponent’s game.

“Biggest sore loser and most unlikeable player on tour, proved it once again,” one fan expressed on social media.

“It’s quite amusing to me how conceited he is, and this is not the first time he has been this condescending. He called Medvedev “boring and one-dimensional.” Well if you really are so much better, you shouldn’t be losing to these players let alone doing so 5+ times lol,” another fan wrote.

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