The Italian Open 2020 is being played on the clay surface, one of the toughest surfaces. No wonder early in the tour there are massive upsets as seeded players are crashing out.
On Day 3, the tournament saw its biggest upset as Stefanos Tsitsipas lost his match 6-1, 6-7 (9-11), 2-6 to Jannik Sinner. The Greek God was the flag bearer of the next-gen as Dominic Thiem and Alexander Zverev missed the Italian Open.
Local boy Jannik stuns Stefanos Tsitsipas
Jannik Sinner is the local boy playing at the Italian courts. While Stefanos entered the Masters after a US open loss in the semi-finals. Stefanos was trailing since the beginning where he failed to hold his serve and lost the set after winning a single game.
The second set was rather exhausting for the duo. It only ended in a tie-break when Tsitsipas escaped an early exit by staying in the match. Tsitsipas was trailing 2-5 and made a comeback. He narrowly missed an exit in straight sets when he saved two match points.
The 19-year-old Sinner won the final set 6-2. However, Tsitsipas was struggling in the match as he committed 52 unforced errors. The local boy Sinner will cherish his victory as he heads to the round 3 at the Italian Open.