US Open | He could have been world number one, but he experienced an unexpected crash. I played like an amateur, Tsitsipas admitted

Tsitsipas was among the five players who could occupy the first place in the ATP ranking after the last Grand Slam of the season. But there was no sign of that from the beginning of the match, as the semi-finalist of this year’s Australian Open lost the opening eleven games of the match and at the last moment averted the threat of a double “canary”.

He had his right hand treated during an unsuccessful match. “My arm was stiff. It didn’t fly at all from my punches. I felt like I served terribly slowly. Although according to the speed indicator it wasn’t quite like that,” Tsitsipas discussed his feelings at the press conference after the match.

“But he returned excellently, really extremely well. I’m sure it has something to do with the altitude of where he grew up. That helped him a lot,” he said to the Bogota native.

“It occurred to me when the match started. Anyway, he did a great job, he totally dominated the match. He played like a world player while I acted like an amateur. It’s not nice to say that, but that’s just how it was,” Tsitsipas wasn’t afraid to face the truth.

And he searched in vain for the causes of his poor performance and subsequent collapse.

“I was well prepared, I played with different players in training, I had good matches and I felt that I had the momentum on my side. Maybe I went into the match too nervous. I don’t have very good results at the US Open, but I like the tournament as such. I need to work on not being influenced by various negative thoughts. I’m definitely a much better player than how I presented myself today,” annoyed the native of Athens.

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After his unexpected collapse, four contenders remain at the world number one position: defending champion Daniil Medvedev, Rafael Nadal, Carlos Alcaraz and Casper Ruud.

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