Stefanos Tsitsipas wore his trademark headband and the anguished expression of an angler who knew he let the large one get away.
The second-seeded Tsitsipas held a set and a break lead over Hubert Hurkacz and was cruising towards his first Miami Open Masters closing 4 when tennis tsunami struck.
Hurkacz made a streaking flick move that blew Tsitsipas’ thoughts and shattered his focus triggering what he referred to as “self-explosion.”
The shot sparked Hurkacz to a 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 comeback and left a dispirited Tsitsipas ruing misplaced alternative.
“It is a disappointing loss. It is a very disappointing loss,” Tsitsipas stated. “It unnoticed of my fingers. I grabbed it. It was there. All the pieces was below management. And all of a sudden, I do not know, self-explosion.
“That is a pity, and I hope it does not occur once more. I hope issues like this shall be within the minority of the game and that I can all the time shut conditions and moments like this.”
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Afterward, Tsitsipas conceded that one stirring shot turned his successful wave into cracked psyche.
“I believe I performed unbelievable tennis till that time, 6-2, 3-1 up, going for a double break like nothing might cease me. After which all of a sudden that one shot modified the entire psychology of the match,” Tsitsipas stated. “Nothing to say. I believe I might have completed a lot better this week however it did not occur.
“Nice for Hurkacz who did what he needed to do as a way to beat me, however I really feel like there was a misplaced alternative that should not have occurred right this moment. Positively not. It ought to have been my manner. It ought to have been my win.”
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