“Self Explosion”: Stefanos Tsitsipas Expresses Disappointment Post Miami Open 2021 Quarterfinals Loss

Published 04/02/2021, 4:45 AM EDT
Apr 1, 2021; Miami, Florida, USA; Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece waves to the crowd while leaving the court after his match against Hubert Hurkacz of Poland (not pictured) in a men’s singles quarterfinal in the Miami Open at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports


After top seed Daniil Medvedev, second seed Stefanos Tsitsipas also saw an abrupt ending at the Miami Open 2021. The highest-ranked Greek professional lost to Polish No. 1 Hubert Hurkacz 6-2, 3-6, 4-6.

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Now, Russian World No. 8 Andrey Rublev is the only Top 10 player left in the last four in Miami. Moreover, the first Masters 1000 tournament of 2021 will also hail a first-time Masters champion.

On reaching so close and failing to conquer the title, the 22-year-old Tsitsipas was quite upset about his hard-to-accept defeat in the Miami Open 2021 quarterfinals.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas expresses his disappointment after Miami Open 2021 QF loss

Stefanos Tsitsipas came to Miami after losing the Mexican Open 2021 title to Alexander Zverev. Following the loss, he had stated that the Sunshine tournament might not work out in his favor.

Apr 1, 2021; Miami, Florida, USA; Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece reaches for a forehand against Hubert Hurkacz of Poland (not pictured) in a men’s singles quarterfinal in the Miami Open at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

However, the Greek looked ready for the challenge from his second-round match against Bosnian Damir Džumhur. Afterward, the 2019 ATP Finals champion surpassed Japanese star Kei Nishikori and Italian Lorenzo Sonego to reach the last eight.

Tsitsipas had a rocking start against the Polish professional but could not maintain his top-level as the match progressed. Hurkacz, who defeated promising Canadians Denis Shapovalov and Milos Raonic on his way, did not lose his self-belief despite losing the first set.

Eventually, the Greek let go of a 6-3, 2-0 (40-15)* lead to give the Delray Beach 2021 champion a semifinals’ seat. He also missed his chance to score his maiden Masters 1000 title.

“It’s a disappointing loss, a very disappointing loss. It left out of my hands. I grabbed it, it was there, everything was under control, then suddenly, I don’t know, self-explosion,” said Tsitsipas.

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With Medvedev and Tsitsipas out, who can win the Miami Masters?

World No. 8 Andrey Rublev, No. 12 Roberto Bautista Agut, No. 31 Jannik Sinner, and No. 37 Hubert Hurkacz are the final four at the Miami Open 2021. The matchups for the semifinals are Rublev against Hurkacz and Sinner against Bautista Agut.

Apr 1, 2021; Miami, Florida, USA; Andrey Rublev of Russia salutes the crowd after his match against Sebastian Korda of the United States (not pictured) in a men’s singles quarterfinal in the Miami Open at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Arguably, there are many factors to pick one over the other, but all the players have been equally sensational throughout the tournament, so may the best player win and etch their name on a maiden Masters 1000 trophy.

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