De­nis Is­tomin: I Wanted to Win the Ti­tle, But Not in This Way

Uzbekistan Today (English) - - SPORT -

Uzbek­istan’s num­ber one ten­nis player De­nis Is­tomin has se­cured the main prize at the in­ter­na­tional tour­na­ment of the As­so­ci­a­tion of Ten­nis Pro­fes­sion­als (ATP) held in China.

In the first match of the tour­na­ment, De­nis de­feated Jan-Len­nard Struff from Ger­many, in the sec­ond round - the Rus­sian Karen Khachanov, in the quar­ter-fi­nal the US rep­re­sen­ta­tive Jared Don­ald­son, in the semi-fi­nal - Yuiti Sugita from Ja­pan and booked a ticket to the fi­nals.

In the fi­nal, Is­tomin faced the Cypriot Mar­cos Bagh­datis. In the first set, los­ing with a score of 2: 3, Mar­cos stopped the game and ac­knowl­edged de­feat. Thus, De­nis Is­tomin be­came the win­ner and scored 250 points on the rat­ing of the ATP.

Com­ment­ing on the sit­u­a­tion, De­nis said: “I un­der­stand his con­di­tion, be­cause I my­self had many in­juries. I know this feel­ing, and Mar­cos and I are good friends - so when I saw how Mar­cos fell, first of all I rushed to him. Of course, I wanted to win the ti­tle, but not in this way. I hope he gets bet­ter, and he can hold to the end of the sea­son.

I feel great, but to­day I felt bet­ter than in other matches. It seems to me that now I am in the same con­di­tion as I was in Aus­tralia at the be­gin­ning of the sea­son. My next tour­na­ment will be the Chal­lenger in the na­tive Tashkent, and then I will con­duct ATP tour­na­ments in Stock­holm, Basel and Paris. I will try to fin­ish the sea­son as best as pos­si­ble.”

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