World No. 3 Stefanos Tsitsipas got stunned by Reilly Opelka in the Toronto Masters semifinal but he refused to feel down after his loss. Tsitsipas, who achieved a career-high ranking of No. 3 in the world this week, was hoping to make the most out of the favorable draw and it all the way.
Tsitsipas made a positive start to the match but Opelka recovered from a set down to win 6-7 (2) 7-6 (3) 6-4. "It was played on the details, and he prevailed. It didn't go my way when it had to, and it's all right.
I feel like there is hope for next time," Tsitsipas said, per the ATP website. "When you get no rhythm, it's also kind of difficult, sometimes feel and get the shots that you had before. It kind of ruins your game very silently, very slow.
The main factor there is just to forget all that and just play."
Opelka claimed a comeback win over Tsitsipas
Opelka had the first break points of the match but Tsitsipas saved to break points in the third game.. As no breaks were seen -- the set went into a tie-break -- in which Tsitsipas took an early 5-1 lead, before converting his first set point to win a tight opener.
The second set also featured no breaks and it had to be resolved in a tie-break. In the tie-break, Opelka realized his first set point to force a tie-break. Opelka finally claimed the first break of the match in the seventh game of the third set and then served out for the match in the 10th game.
Before the match, Opelka spoke extremely highly of Tsitsipas. "[Tsitsipas] has got a great serve," Opelka said. "He has the best forehand in the world right now and he moves very well. It is very hard to find his backhand, he moves to the left to cover it. He hits forehands from every part of the court, is aggressive and competes well”.