Maxime Cressy lost to Rafael Nadal in the ATP final at the Melbourne Summer Set, and Cressy attributed his loss to the “beyond belief” experience of playing Nadal. Cressy made his first ATP final in Melbourne in January, at the beginning of the season.
Cressy gave Nadal a good match, and the Frenchman even had a set point in the opening set, but Nadal ultimately prevailed 7-6 (6) 6-3. Cressy reached his second ATP final last month in Eastbourne, where he was defeated by Taylor Fritz.
Cressy won his first title last week in Newport, defeating Alexander Bublik 2-6, 6-3, 7-6 (3). This came after Cressy had previously lost two ATP finals.
Cressy: It was unbelievable to play Nadal.
“Games back then were just as tense as they are now.
Playing Nadal was surreal; I kept asking myself, “Is this really happening?” Maybe that’s why I couldn’t defeat him. Even in close games against Fritz, “Cressy stated on the ATP website.
“Third times a charm, as they say. It’s a huge improvement because I won’t have to worry as much about future finals. The first title stands out as the most challenging option.”
Cressy, now 25 years old, is a former ATP champion and the world number 33. He made his ATP debut just last year. Cressy has built a reputation for his signature serve-and-volley game, and he’s currently trying to convince other players to adopt the strategy.
“My goal is to revive the popularity of the serve-and-volley format and get more people interested in playing it. I’ve seen other players, such as Rafa Nadal, do it more often. If I can change tennis forever by popularizing the serve and volley format, it will have a profound effect on the sport “And Cressy chimed in with a.