Stefanos Tsitsipas did not act well: Filip Krajinovic

Stefanos Tsitsipas did not act well, believes Hamburg Open opponent Filip Krajinovic

Stefanos Tsitsipas did not act well, believes Hamburg Open opponent Filip Krajinovic

Stefanos Tsitsipas’ opponent Filip Krajinovic wasn’t too pleased by the Greek player’s behavior on court and is hoping for an apology.

Krajinovic shocked top seed Tsitsipas 3-6, 6-1, 6-3 in the quarterfinal of the Hamburg European Open on Friday.

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“Tsitsipas did not act well today on the court,” the Serb said after the match. “He was speaking between points, he took a ten-minute toilet break. I hope he apologizes.”

The 22-year-old Tsitsipas has been struggling for form since reaching the French Open final. He was ousted in the first round of Wimbledon and fell in the quarterfinal on return to clay in Hamburg.

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Tsitsipas has had a few bust-ups with fellow players and umpires on court. He has also received multiple coaching code violations in his young career, including one at Wimbledon.

In Hamburg, the Greek had arrived hoping to set his season back on track. And he started positively against Krajinovic, winning the first three games.

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“He started really well, really aggressively,” Krajinovic said.

“I could not find my game, could not find my serve, he was overpowering me. But at the end of the first set, I started to feel better, I was going for my shots. It paid off in the end. I am happy to beat Tsitsipas, he is an amazing player.

The Greek had a spectacular racquet malfunction down 1-3 in the second set. While hitting a return, his racquet broke and Tsitsipas was left holding just the handle.

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He continued on the downward spiral after that. Failing to regain his focus and composure, Tsitsipas won only four of the last 16 games in the match.