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Tiafoe produces the first upset of The Championships

Stefanos Tsitsipas was one of the favourites to give Novak Djokovic trouble but that possible semi-final clash will not be as he walks out of the singles event having been beaten in straight sets by Frances Tiafoe.

This is definitely one of my best wins. I want to play the best players in the world on this type of stage. This is what it's all about Frances Tiafoe

And he admits his preparations for Wimbledon had been very limited since the day he lost the final of the French Open.

That fact became evident during his opening round under the roof on No1 Court as he failed to make an impression on Tiafoe, the world No.54 from the States.

Tiafoe, who defeated the Greek world No.4 and third seed at The Championships, 6-4 6-4 6-3 after just over two-hours, had not played a competitive match since reaching that Roland Garros final which he lost to Djokovic after leading the Serb by two sets to love.

The death of his grandmother just before he walked on court, was never used as an excuse but he withdrew from Halle as result so had no match-play on grass before Wimbledon.

“I haven’t really played much on grass. I’ve practised a couple of times,” Tsitsipas said at the weekend. “I’ve played a few practice sets. I’m feeling all right on grass. I think it will take a few matches for me to start gaining more confidence.”

But Tiafoe didn’t give him the time to settle, breaking him in the opening game to quickly stamp his authority on his opponent who never looked comfortable as he tried to find an answer to the powerful serves and forehands which were fired at him over the net.

In addition Tiafoe showed he was not just a power-house player with his touches around the net and his regular forays forward keeping Tsitsipas on the backfoot and off balance.

Tiafoe, who had won the Nottingham Challenger three weeks ago and then made the last eight at Queen’s, never lost his serve as he defeated a top five player for the first time in his career.

Having lost the first set after 36-minutes, Tsitsipas dug in and kept abreast of his opponent only to be broken at 4-4 and then failing to convert three break points he held to stop Tiafoe grabbing a two-sets to love lead.

And Tiafoe took full advantage of the momentum he had generated by claiming the Greek’s serve in the first game of the third and twice staved off break points to prevent any late comeback being mounted against him.

Tiafoe roared his delight at having caused a major upset on the opening day and the crowd, whom he had captivated during the match with his smiles, good humour and approach, showed their own appreciation.

And when asked about how that felt, he replied with a grin: “It sounds pretty damn good.

“This is definitely one of my best wins. I want to play the best players in the world on this type of stage. This is what it’s all about.

“I am not sure how I would have performed if I had been on an outside court. Playing on a show court makes a difference.”

He also thinks that this win could well be a watershed moment in his career.

“A lot of things have been going on for me lately,” he continued. “I wanted to do it [play tennis] the right way and I have not been close to where I want to be.

“I am very capable. I know that, but I definitely needed to beat a guy of this level.”

He now awaits his second round opponent, Spain’s Roberto Carballes-Baena or Canada’s Vasek Pospisil.


A disappointed Stefanos Tsitsipas waves goodbye to his fans

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