‘I self-exploded,’ admits Stefanos Tsitsipas after surprise Miami Masters defeat

World number five Stefanos Tsitsipas said he ‘self-exploded’ in his surprise Miami Masters defeat to Hubert Hurkacz.

Tsitsipas was the second seed for the tournament, and was well fancied given the pre-tournament withdrawals of Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, and Roger Federer.

However, despite starting his quarter-final well against Kurkacz, he quickly declined and lost his discipline before sinking to a 6-2 3-6 4-6 defeat.

Afterwards, he admitted that the pressure of expectation played a large part in what happened.

“I was very stressed these two weeks,” Tsitsipas explained. “Especially this week, I was feeling very stressed.

“I felt like it was my opportunity. I did quite well, but I feel like there was more space for me to show something greater.

“It’s a disappointing loss. It’s a very disappointing loss. It [leapt] out of my hands. I grabbed it. It was there. Everything was under control.

“And suddenly, I don’t know, [there was a] self-explosion. But I’ll take these two weeks as great two weeks, great memories, and I had plenty of fun playing out on the court.”

A semi-final match against Andrey Rublev would have been the reward had Tsitsipas won it, with Miami certain to produce a first-time Masters winner this weekend.

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