(Sports news, tennis news) Greek star Stefanos Tsitsipas was forced to withdraw after an unexpected injury.
Tsitsipas was suddenly eliminated
3rd player in the world, Stefanos Tsitsipas was suddenly eliminated in the opening match of this year’s Paris Masters. Although he did not have to compete in the first round and only had to face 71st ATP opponent Alexei Popyrin, Tsitsipas was forced to say goodbye to the tournament with a right hand injury.
Tsitsipas was eliminated in a bitter way
The Greek 3rd seed was leading Popyrin with a score of 4-2 in the first set, but after consulting with his coach, Tsitsipas withdrew and accepted the loss in the second round of the Paris Masters.
In another notable match, Novak Djokovic entered the doubles match with compatriot Filip Krajinovic. The opponent of these two tennis players is the pair of doubles John Peers – Filip Polasek. In front of players who are more used to doubles, the pair Djokovic and Krajinovic still showed great chemistry and put the first set into the tie-break series.
However, the 2-7 defeat in the “gunfight” series made the Serbian duo dismayed when entering the second set. The 4-6 defeat in the second set made Djokovic and Krajinovic officially eliminated in the second round of the content. Couple of guys.
Rublev shocked Taylor Fritz
A surprise happened in the second round of the Paris Masters when the 5th seed Andrey Rublev fell in the second round before Taylor Fritz. Set 1, Fritz won the decisive break-point in game 12 to win 7-5. Entering the second set, the two players struggled fiercely and pulled each other into the tie-break series.
In this series of brainstorming “gunfights”, Fritz continued to show impressive performance with 2 mini-breaks to win 7-2 overwhelmingly, thereby closing the match with the final score of 2-0.
Taylor Fritz brilliantly beat 5th seed Andrey Rublev
“Little Federer” Dimitrov impressive upstream
No. 16 seed Grigor Dimitrov experienced moments of “dead and alive” before Karen Khachanov. The moment of neglect in the opening 9-set game caused “little Federer” to lose his break-point and hang up the racket with a score of 4-6.
Entering the second set, Dimitrov seemed to wake up when he won 2 break-points to win 6-2 again. Set decided, Khachanov could no longer maintain his excitement and helplessly watched Dimitrov freely display his power. 3 break-points and an overwhelming 6-0 victory helped “little Federer” end the match with a score of 2-1, thereby enrolling in the third round of the Paris Masters.
Dimitrov continues after defeating Khachanov
Stefanos Tsitsipas  – Alexei Popyrin: Around 8 pm, 3/11
After not having to compete in the first round, third seed Tsitsipas will start her Paris Masters 2021 campaign against Australian rival Alexei Popyrin. Tsitsipas entered this tournament after a disappointing performance at the Vienna Open last week. The 23-year-old player led Frances Tiafoe to 3-0 in the decisive set, but a series of mistakes made him lose 4-6 and had to stop right in the second round.
Tsitsipas is not in good form
2021 has been the best season of Tsitsipas’ career to date, with milestones such as winning his first Masters 1000 title, reaching his first Grand Slam final and reaching his career-highest ranking of the year. No. 3. But the Greek player’s performance in recent months has not been good, and he certainly wants to change that in Paris.
Meanwhile, Popyrin could not qualify but still made it to the main round thanks to the “lucky loser” spot after a player withdrew. The Australian made the most of his second chance when he easily defeated compatriot Alex de Minaur with a score of 6-0, 6-3 in the first round.
With a 20-20 win and loss record this year, Popyrin has had a season that can be considered temporarily acceptable with a 71st ATP player. The 22-year-old won his first title at the Singapore Open, an ATP 250 event and together was his only highlight so far of the season. Apart from Singapore, Popyrin has not reached the quarterfinals in any other tournament.
This will be the first confrontation between Tsitsipas and Popyrin, so the head-to-head record between the two is currently 0-0. But with a huge disparity on the ATP rankings, Tsitsipas is clearly appreciated a lot more than the Australian opponent.
Dusan Lajovic – Alexander Zverev : Around 1:30, 11/4
World No. 4 Alexander Zverev just won his fourth ATP title of the season at the Vienna Open, defeating an impromptu Frances Tiafoe in the final. The 24-year-old has also won two Masters 1000 tournaments in Madrid and Cincinnati as well as the Mexican Open. And yet, the most memorable glory of the German tennis player this season is definitely the gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics.
Zverev just won the Vienna Open
Meanwhile, world No. 34 Dusan Lajovic surprised with a solid performance against Mackenzie McDonald in the first round. The 31-year-old has a poor 17-26 win and loss record this season, but once left two big surprises with victories over Felix Auger-Aliassime at the Canadian Open and Daniil Medvedev at the Rotterdam Open.
Zverev is one of the contenders for the ATP Finals title later this month after incredible form since the start of the year, especially in recent months. The 24-year-old has only lost twice since Wimbledon in July with a 17-2 record to show almost absolute dominance.
In terms of head-to-head record, Zverev has beaten Lajovic in all three previous meetings with the most recent being a three-set win at the Australian Open earlier this year, although the first two encounters between the two players had to be lasted for 5 sets at Roland-Garros in 2018 and 2019. With his current form, Zverev is likely to solve the match in just 2 sets.
Daniil Medvedev  – Ilya Ivashka: Around 3 o’clock, 11/4
Medvedev as the defending champion will start the Paris Masters 2021 campaign against Ilya Ivashka. While Medvedev did not have to play in the first round due to being seeded, Ivashka defeated the Spaniard Albert Ramos Vinolas with a score of 6-3, 7-6 (2).
Medvedev has a chance to “revenge”
The Russian player is in dire need of a win to mark his return after a shock loss to Grigor Dimitrov at Indian Wells last month. At this year’s Paris Masters, Medvedev was in an easy bracket when he didn’t have to meet a seed player until at least the quarterfinals.
Across the front lines, Ivashka is enjoying the best season of his career, winning 30 of his 45 ATP Tour matches to date. The Belarusian tennis player recently shocked when he defeated Andrey Rublev at St. Petersburg Open and hopes to do the same against Medvedev.
Unexpectedly, Ivashka is leading Medvedev 1-0 in head-to-head record, making him one of the very few players with a 100% win record against the 2021 US Open champion. What’s interesting is the victory. Ivashka’s performance against Medvedev also took place on indoor hard courts at the 2018 Davis Cup.
But at the moment, Medvedev is one of the brightest candidates for the Paris Masters 2021 championship. It will be an earthquake in the French capital if the Russian player stops soon.
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