World No. 27 Alex de Minaur suffered a tight loss to third-ranked Stefanos Tsitsipas but he tried to draw positives from his defeat.
De Minaur competed extremely well against Tsitsipas but the second-seeded Greek recovered from a set down to beat the Australian 6-7 (3) 7-6 (3) 6-2 in the Indian Wells Masters round-of-16.
“It’s certainly a step forward. I was very close, just a couple of points from the match. I’m not disappointed with the way I played today, I did what I had to do. I’m not disappointed with my attitude either, because I left everything I had on the court tonight. I’m just disappointed in the fact that my body didn’t behave quite right with me tonight. There’s not much else I can do, I haven’t played two matches in a row in a long time and the The intensity you experience in matches against top players is something that cannot be recreated in training sessions. I get a lot of positive things from this week, we keep looking forward and I hope this tournament will be a springboard for a great end to the season;” de Minaur said, per Punto de Break.
De Minaur admits he was hoping for a better year
De Minaur has won two titles this season but for the most he has struggled with his consistency, especially in the second part of the season.
“There are two issues there. If I analyzed my year from a critical and personal point of view, which I am, I would say that it was not the year I wanted or what I was looking for. However, I can also look at it in another way: even in a year in which I have not played my best tennis, in which I have had to deal with certain things, with COVID, with being in bad shape … I have won two titles, and the year is not over yet. Now I wait to be able to change the script in a certain way, to finish the year strong,” de Minaur explained.