Stefanos Tsitsipas rips his performance in shock Madrid loss to qualifier

Tsitsipas gets honest on his loss to Thiago Monteiro in Madrid.

by Dzevad Mesic
Stefanos Tsitsipas rips his performance in shock Madrid loss to qualifier
© Getty Images Sport - Clive Brunskill

Stefanos Tsitsipas was straight honest following a shock Madrid Masters exit as the Greek said he felt very imbalanced and that qualifier Thiago Monteiro was the one who controlled everything.

Tsitsipas, ranked at No. 7 in the world, came to Madrid as one of the favorites for the title after winning the Monte Carlo Masters and also finishing as runner-up in Barcelona last week. But after two strong runs in his opening two clay tournaments, Tsitsipas exited Madrid very early after 118th-ranked Monteiro handed him a 6-4 6-4 defeat in the Madrid second round. 

Tsitsipas looked lackluster on the court and afterward was the first to admit that.

“I had a very good opponent on the other side of the net. He was coming up with great shots and punishing me every single time I played short. I didn’t manage to get the depth of the court.” Tsitsipas said after the match. 

“I just wish I was able to return the way I did in the last game (of the match). I felt out of rhythm the entire match on my returns. I felt very disbalanced and my body was going all over the place.”

Stefanos Tsitsipas and Thiago Monteiro
Stefanos Tsitsipas and Thiago Monteiro© Getty Images Sport - Clive Brunskill

How Tsitsipas lost to Monteiro?

Tsitsipas made a slow start to the match as Monteiro claimed a break in the third game and then routinely held on to his serve for the remainder of the match to seal the first set. 

Down by a set, Tsitsipas didn't manage to respond as the second set started with Monteiro earning a break in the opening game. In the fifth and seventh games, Monteiro had break points to go up by a double break but Tsitsipas managed to save those opportunities and keep it just a one-break deficit.

Serving to stay in the match in the ninth game, Tsitsipas faced two match points but managed to save them and prolong the match.

Stefanos Tsitsipas
Stefanos Tsitsipas© Getty Images Sport - Clive Brunskill

Then, Tsitsipas earned his first break point of the match in the 10th game - the game in which Monteiro was serving for the match. But Tsitsipas didn't realize as Monteiro completed a two-set win after converting his fourth match point.

Stefanos Tsitsipas Thiago Monteiro