Defending semifinalist Stefanos Tsitsipas crashed out of the Australian Open 2020 with a straight-sets defeat 7-5, 6-4, 7-6(7-2) to Milos Raonic in the third round on Friday. However, where did the Greek fell short of Raonic despite committing 14 unforced errors to Raonic’s 32?
The Canadian serving machine blasted 19 aces, winning 88 percent of his first-serve points, which didn’t allow a single breakpoint opportunity to Tsitsipas. The Greek gun could not earn a single breakpoint opportunity in the match as he admitted of having no answer to Raonic’s serve.
Raonic is known for his big serves and he was untouchable on his serve, firing down plenty of aces with Tsitsipas eagerly trying to defend but unable to create chances. He also divulged of felt “stupid” on the return.
The 21-year-old revealed that it’s quite difficult to play while he is playing forehands from all over the court. The 2019 ATP Finals champion explained that he didn’t really know where to should stand exactly, because he was just so fast and just turning around, hitting those forehands.
“You get punched in the face by a shot all the time. In this case, the serve. You can’t do anything”, Tsitsipas said in the post-match press conference.
“Kind of reminds me of a match I had with Kyrgios a few weeks ago in Brisbane. Not much going on from the baseline, mostly serves. Serve is great, one of the best in the game. I felt a bit stupid returning his serves. I felt like I was slow. My anticipation was not there,” he concluded.
Through three matches in Melbourne, Raonic has hit 47 aces and also saved the only three break points he’s faced. The Canadian has claimed almost 90 per cent of his first-serve points. He will next face Marin Cilic in the fourth round of the Australian Open 2020.