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Tsitsipas reveals injury scare ahead of ATP Finals defence

Reuters/Paris
Filed on November 4, 2020
Stefanos Tsitsipas returns the ball to Ugo Humbert during the second round match at the Paris Masters. — AFP

(ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT)

Greek suffered a recurrence of a leg injury during his second-round defeat at the Paris Masters on Tuesday.

Stefanos Tsitsipas says he is unsure how his ATP Finals title defence will go later this month after the Greek suffered a recurrence of a leg injury during his second-round defeat at the Paris Masters on Tuesday.

Seeded second at the last ATP Masters event of the year, world No. 6 Tsitsipas bowed out after losing to Frenchman Ugo Humbert at an empty Bercy arena.

“Right now, I don’t know. I really don’t know,” Tsitsipas told reporters when asked about his chances at The O2 in London, where the season-ending ATP Finals will be held without spectators from Nov. 15-22.

“During the second set my Roland Garros injury came back, and it wasn’t as bad as at the French Open, but it kind of had me on the edge of things, and I wasn’t sure if that’s good for me to be out there.

“But that’s not an excuse, for sure. I still fought and gave my best out there, despite this thing that I had on court. I’m sad, for sure.”

Tsitsipas said he had picked up a leg injury during his French Open semifinal against world No.1 Novak Djokovic earlier this month which hampered him in the fifth set.

Italian Matteo Berrettini’s bid to qualify for the ATP Finals ended with a 7-6(3) 6-7(0) 7-5 defeat to American qualifier Marcos Giron on Tuesday.Results from the ATP Paris Masters at Bercy Arena on Tuesday (x denotes seeding):

2nd rd

Ugo Humbert (FRA) bt Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE x2) 7-6 (7/4), 6-7 (6/8), 7-6 (7/3)

Pablo Carreno Busta (ESP x9) bt Jan-Lennard Struff (GER) 7-6 (7/3), 6-2

Norbert Gombos (SVK) bt David Goffin (BEL x8) 6-4, 7-6 (8/6)

Marin Cilic (CRO) bt Corentin Moutet (FRA) — walkover

1st rd

Miomir Kecmanovic (SRB) bt John Millman (AUS) 6-4, 6-2

Yoshihito Nishioka (JPN) bt Pablo Andujar (ESP) 5-7, 6-4, 6-2

Adrian Mannarino (FRA) bt Dusan Lajovic (SRB) 7-6 (7/5), 6-3

Stan Wawrinka (SUI x12) bt Dan Evans (GBR) 6-3, 7-6 (7/3)

Tommy Paul (USA) bt Gilles Simon (FRA) 3-6, 6-3, 6-3

Richard Gasquet (FRA) bt Taylor Fritz (USA) 6-0, 3-6, 6-3

Lorenzo Sonego (ITA) bt Alexander Bublik (KAZ) 6-1, 6-4

Kevin Anderson (RSA) bt Laslo Djere (SRB) 5-2 — retired

Pierre-Hugues Herbert (FRA) bt Tennys Sandgren (USA) 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7/4)

Milos Raonic (CAN x10) bt Aljaz Bedene (SLO) 6-3, 6-2





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