Stefanos Tsitsipas suffered a shock second-round exit from the BNP Paribas Open on Friday, losing in three sets to Australian Jordan Thompson. The Greek player, who is seeded second at the tournament, had his shoulder taped, and the injury appeared to impact his backhand.
Thompson took full advantage, attacking Tsitsipas’ backhand and charging in on short balls to earn his second career win over a top-10 player. Despite Tsitsipas‘ impressive run to the Australian Open final earlier this year, Thompson was unfazed and played with confidence, securing victory in two hours and 37 minutes.
Following his win over Tsitsipas, Thompson expressed his joy and satisfaction, saying he felt comfortable and confident throughout the match. He praised his own game and tactics, stating that he felt he was doing the right things and was able to sneak out a win against a top-10 player.
The victory was a significant achievement for Thompson, who has struggled with injuries and inconsistency in recent years. With this win, he has demonstrated that he has the ability to compete at the highest level and upset some of the game’s biggest stars.