“I Have Never Seen Anyone…”: Stefanos Tsitsipas Surprised With Carlos Alcaraz Tennis at US Open 2021

Published 09/03/2021, 10:10 PM EDT
Sep 3, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Carlos Alcaraz of Spain (left) meets Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece at the net after defeating Tsitsipas on day five of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports


Stefanos Tsitsipas, one of the favorites at the US Open 2021, crashed out against 18-year-old Carlos Alcaraz in the third round. He lost the match 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (2), 0-6, 7-6 (5). Looking back at it, the 23-year-old Greek stated that it was the fifth set that made all the difference.

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2-1 down in the match, Tsitsipas made a stunning comeback, bageling the young Spaniard in the fourth set. Accordingly, many thought that it was the end of the battle. However, from the start of the deciding set, Alcaraz laid his heart out on the court. It was indeed a level the Greek God did not expect.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas reflects on his loss to Carlos Alcaraz at US Open 2021

Before the start of the match, Tsitsipas was a hands-down favorite to win. Nevertheless, it did not take Alcaraz much time to turn the support and the battle in his favor.

Consequently, the Greek professional admitted, “I’ve never seen someone play a fifth set so well.” Moreover, he was also impressed by Alcaraz’s incredible ball-striking. “The speed of his ball was incredible. I have never seen anyone hit the ball so hard. He played the fifth set like the first, recklessly. He engaged on each strike.”

(All quotes are translated from French to English via Google Translate).

Sep 3, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Carlos Alcaraz of Spain after beating Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece on day five of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Furthermore, Tsitsipas revealed how Alcaraz showed intelligence on the court. He also explained how the inspired Spaniard took him off his guard.

“He chained the winning shots behind my return. He was in control, which was surprising, especially in the 5th set. I didn’t expect him to raise his level so much,” Tsitsipas added.

Naturally, Tsitsipas confessed that Alcaraz is a “contender for Grand Slam titles” and believes he has “the game for” it.

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Coincidentally, Tsitsipas had fallen in the US Open 2020 third round. Even then, he lost in an epic five-set thriller to Borna Coric.

Sep 3, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece hits a shot against Carlos Alcaraz of Spain in a third round match on day five of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

As he did not worsen or better his last year’s result, Tsitsipas will neither earn nor lose any ATP Rankings points. However, the loss will, without any doubt, hurt him for some time.

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Now, it is intriguing to see how far Alcaraz will extend his dream run. Tell us how far do you see him going at the US Open 2021.

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Purav Joshi

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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