Stefanos Tsitsipas admitted he may have underestimated Ugo Humbert at the Paris Masters, but he paid tribute to the Frenchman.
Tsitsipas was the second seed in Paris and was hoping to build momentum ahead of his defence at the ATP Tour Finals.
He, though, lost a gruelling battle with Humbert, with three tiebreaks and over three hours of tennis needed to separate them.
“He was just creating a lot of opportunities from his forehand side and doing a lot of damage from there,” Tsitsipas said.
“His serve was very consistent. Despite having opportunities where he would serve second serves [and] I could come in [and] be more aggressive, it didn’t seem as easy as I had it planned in my head.”
Tsitsipas reached the quarter-finals last year and he has admitted he hoped to go further this time around.
“I’m sad, for sure,” Tsitsipas said. “It’s a match and a tournament that I could have done better than last year.
“But at the same time, really good for him to be playing good tennis like this.
“I think he’s born in the same year as me. I can’t wait to face him next time.”
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