as he was defeated by an excellent Casper Ruud in the 3rd round of the Mutua Madrid Open. After 7 consecutive tournaments, Stefanos is out of the top 8 in any event for the first time in 2021.
Several big names were knocked out of the Madrid Masters today and unfortunately, Stefanos Tsitsipas was one of them, as he lost to Casper Ruud 7-6 (4), 6-4.
It was a very aggressive match with both players dominating the serves. Characteristically, the defeated Stefanos had 30 winners and 20 unforced errors. More patient was Ruud, who did not risk his shots and finished the match with 17 winners and just 12 unforced errors.
In the first set, which was approaching an hour in duration, neither player managed to reach a breakpoint. The Norwegian avoided errors and managed to win the very crucial tie-break 7-4, to put himself in the lead.
The match continued to resemble an indoor match – after all, the conditions on this particular court are not far away – with both players closing their serves easily, but until the 7th game when Stefanos made a bad service game and paid the price.
With 3 consecutive errors, the Greek tennis player suffered the break and Ruud needed just one break point to make the only break of the whole match and “escape” with a 5-3 lead in the 2nd set, which was later closed out in the 10th game.
Stefanos was defeated for the 1st time this year before a quarterfinal, as he had gone 7/7 in the previous tournaments he played in 2021, reaching at least the final 8 in all of them.
He would remain at 27 wins for the week, while this was his 7th loss of the season (27-7). He has the exact same record as Andrey Rublev, who was also eliminated today, with whom he shares the record for most wins in 2021.
Ruud will continue his excellent dirt season with another quarterfinal, his 3rd in a row, after Monte-Carlo and Munich. It will be the 3rd time the 22-year-old Norwegian will be in a Masters quarter-final, following Rome in 2020 and Monte-Carlo this year. He had won both of the previous two and completed his runs to the semi-finals.
He also won for the 1st time in his career against a player from the top 5 of the world ranking.
Tomorrow, he will be looking to make it 3/3 in the Master’s quarterfinals against Alexander Bublik, who earlier today beat Aslan Karatsev 6-4, 6-3.