Stefanos Tsitsipas dropped out of the Australian Open early in the third round, losing to an astonishing Milos Raonic with 7-5, 6-4, 7-6(2).
Tsitsipas arrived in Melbourne as one of the title favorites after winning the ATP Finals last November, but could do nothing against an inspirational Raonic, who showed why he is still one of the best servers.
‘Stef’ as the locals at Margaret Court Arena call him had the majority of the support of the crowd, with a whole section of the stage singing songs in his honor at every game change, but he could do nothing to break the pace of the Canadian, finishing the game without a single break-point.
With a 5-5 draw in the first set, Tsitsipas lost his serve twice in a row, with Raonic taking full advantage of it. Similarly, the second set in favor ended of Raonic.
There was always the question of whether Raonic could survive a long fight if Tsitsipas could somehow reduce the score, but the Canadian avoided that by winning the third set in the tiebreak.
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