Mikael Ymer is out of this year's Stockholm Open after delivering a high-quality and promising performance against World No. 5 Stefanos Tsitsipas. The 2018 Stockholm Open champion is through to the semi-finals. Despite a rocky start and a 4-1 deficit, Mikael Ymer managed to fight his way back into the first set much to the delight of his fans in the stands.
For a brief moment in five games in total, it looked like the Greek might fail. However, he reminded The Royal Tennis Hall why he is the top seed in this draw, and broke Mikael Ymer at the best of times to serve for the set which he went on to win 7-5.
With the momentum going in favor of Tsitsipas, there wasn't much Ymer could do to stop the 2018 champion. The Swede failed to convert 10 of his 11 break points, while his opponent made the most of these opportunities, converting three crucial break points at best.
Ymer forced Tsitsipas to serve for the match and despite a double fault in the final game, the Greek took the win with the final score of 7-5, 6-3. The world number 5, who will play the ATP Nitto Finals in a few weeks, confirmed his high ambitions for this season: "My goal is to win as many matches as possible and be consistent in doing so." Tsitsipas also acknowledged how well Ymer had played, saying "Mikael has really improved since our last matches and he gave me a really tough match, all the credit goes to him." Mikael Ymer was the last Swede in the singles draw after his brother Elias lost to American Frances Tiafoe yesterday.
Despite the loss, Mikael Ymer shared how wonderful it had been to play in Stockholm.
Tsitsipas won Montecarlo
World No. 5 Stefanos Tsitsipas revealed that he learned a lot from his defeat to Novak Djokovic in the 2021 French Open final.
"My defeat against Novak in Paris definitely showed me what I still have to learn to get better. The match was helpful for my whole career. It also showed me not to be too stubborn and uptight in a grand final next time," said Tsitsipas.
The 24-year-old also spoke about the importance of finding a work-life balance whilst competing at the highest level of the sport. "We professionals live in a bubble, but the things I do for myself away from tennis - including meeting people I trust unconditionally - make me feel good about reality.
That’s important for me. This also sharpens your consciousness. And yes, maybe that really makes me a better player," he added.