Tsitsipas hit rock bottom in Indian Wells before the worried eyes of Badosa

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Tsitsipas hit rock bottom in Indian Wells before the worried eyes of Badosa

Apostolos Tsitsipas and Paula Badosa They sealed the success of Stefanos Tsitsipas about Frances Tiafoe in the third round of the Masters 1000 ATP tournament in Indian Wells. The Greek, who lost his top 10 status after five years, needed joy, of results that allowed him to join an elite in which he promised a lot, so he became a finalist at Roland Garros and the Australian Open.

A bit stagnant lately, languishing in his one-handed backhand, much to the delight of his father and coach. Apostleas well as his partner and colleague Paulait became a concern how the tennis player, 25 years old and world No. 11, at Stadium 2 of Indian Wells.

Without a spark, with many doubts, the Greek sank against a developed tennis player, the Czech Jiri Lehecka22 years old and No. 32. He is the first Czech in the quarterfinals of the Masters 1000 ATP tournament since Tomas Berdych in Miami 2017, who also had a previous Czech quarters in Indian Wells, in 2015.

Lehecka won 6-2 and 6-4 in 1h.17′ against a Chillies that he was superior in his two previous commitments, in the semifinals of Rotterdam 2022 and in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open 2023. He reached the quarterfinals of Indian Wells, on Thursday against the Italian Jannik Sinner or the American Ben Shelton.


The low mood of Chillies, usually a warrior in any kind of circumstances. He screamed several times as he came back from three break points, avoiding Lehecka’s 5-2 and match serve. The Athenian survived, 4-3.

He wanted to wake up, he was still crying for a reaction. He had three breaking balls (the only one of the duel) in the next game. A resurgent threat that brought down an empire Lehecka, sure of his superiority. He was overwhelmed Andrey Rublev in the third round.

Chillies He suffered with the backhand (his rivals caught him), but he was also gray on the serve (he made 44%) and he made only 8 winners, for 25 of Lehecka. The Greek will remain out of the top-10, heading to Miami. By his side, a Badosa who was struggling with his back (he was out in Indian Wells) and also suffered watching a worried version of Stefanos.

Source: La Verdad

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