The journey from the red clay of Paris to the green grass of London wasn’t particularly a memorable one for Stefanos Tsitsipas. 2 weeks back, he was just a set away from becoming the French Open champion and today, he bowed out of the very first round of Wimbledon 2021. Third seed Stefanos Tsitsipas was handed a shocking first round defeat in the hands of American youngster Frances Tiafoe. The French Open runner was lost in straight sets 4-6,4-6,3-6 in about 2 hours.
The Greek looked rusty from the word go and wasn’t able to find the sweet spot on his racquet multiple times. His movement on grass was nowhere near to that on Clay, particularly his slide. His poor serving didn’t do him much good either. This was Tiafoe’s biggest win of his career and his first win against a top 5 opponent.
Tiafoe went all guns blazing right from the start. He was fired up on court and showed intent in almost every point he played. He set up his serve beautifully to create an opening for a forehand winner. He broke Tsitsipas in the first set and consolidated it to win the opening set 6-4. But he was a man on a mission and showed even more aggression in the second set. After getting broken again by the American, Tsitsipas created chances for himself on Tiafoe’s serve but couldn’t manage to break back. Tiafoe again won the second set 6-4.
Frances Tiafoe holds his nerve to register the biggest win of his career
It was a do or die situation for Tsitsipas but Tiafoe wasn’t cutting him any slack. He broke the Greek in the very first game and was aggressive throughout the set. Although Tsitsipas put a lot of pressure on him in his last three service games, he managed to step his game up when it matteres. He broke Tsitsipas again to close out the set 6-3.
This win is the biggest of Tiafoe’s career and his celebration at the end displayed what the win meant to him. He will face either Vasek Pospisil or Roberto Carballes Baena in the second round on Wednesday.