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Stefanos Tsitsipas vows to fight in ATP Finals showdown: 'You can't play defensively against Rafael Nadal'

Stefanos Tsitsipas backhand

Stefanos Tsitsipas has vowed to be aggressive in his ATP Finals showdown against Rafael Nadal, because he it's his only chance of success. 

Tsitsipas and Nadal both have one win after two matches in London, meaning the winner of their match on Thursday will determine who advances to the semi-finals.

Nadal beat Tsitsipas in this tournament last year before the Greek went on to win the title.

However, there will be no second chances this year, with the loser facing immediate elimination.

“[It’s an] opportunity for me to fight even harder and give my very best out on the court,” Tsitsipas said.

“I know it will require a lot of physical effort, and I'm going to have to go through a lot of pain and suffering, so it is going to be difficult match. I'm expecting a fight from my side.

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“I was very concentrated during our match last year and was playing each point individually.

"I'm going to try and play aggressive tennis, you can’t play defensive with Rafa.

"Try to play the rallies, apply pressure, serve well. It's part of the game that I want to play against Rafa. I think everyone has to play this way.

“I just have to be solid. [I] have to be more solid than him to win. I know that. I have to start strong and finish even stronger.”

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