Former world No. 6 Gilles Simon suffered one of the worst defeats of his career on Tuesday and later admitted he never really found his rhythm at Melbourne Park. Simon, now ranked at No. 66 in the world, stood no chance against world No.
6 Stefanos Tsitsipas in their Australian Open clash as the Greek won 6-1 6-2 6-1. Tsitsipas got off to a fast start to the match as he won the opening five games before serving out for the set in the seventh game. Simon served out the opening game of the second set but then lost his serve twice in a row as Tsitsipas took a comfortable two-set lead.
In the third set, Tsitsipas claimed three breaks to wrap up a straight-set win.
Simon was unsure about his gameplan
"I never really found my game in the practice, even in the three weeks here, so it's never a good sign when you walk on the court and it's not clear what you want to do, it's not clear what you want to play," Simon said after the match, per Ravi Ubha.
Meanwhile, Pablo Cuevas -- who was sharing funny videos from his hotel room during hard quarantine -- reflected on that as he said: "I receive a lot of messages and I put in my mind every day I need to do more and I think it's good for 24 hours in the room, it's so tough, and with this I had two hours in -- I don't know the way you say, occupying my mind to clear something."
Meanwhile, Feliciano Lopez -- who beat Li Tu -- revealed he was close to not coming to Melbourne Park. "I didn't know if I was going to be able to come here because my son, he was born on January 4. I was until the last minute thinking about what should I do, if I come or if I finally stay home," Lopez said.