2021 Wimbledon: Frances Tiafoe stuns Stefanos Tsitsipas
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The first big shock of 2021 Wimbledon came on the very first day as Frances Tiafoe scored the biggest victory of his career, dismissing third seed Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4, 6-4, 6-3 on No. 1 Court.

The 57th-ranked American defeated a top five player for the first time in his career, saving all six break points he faced while firing seven aces against the Greek.

American delivers stunning performance in career-best win

Tiafoe earned two break points in the opening game of the match, but only needed one when Tsitsipas flew a backhand long to hand the American the early lead.

The Greek, finalist at Roland Garros, earned a break point of his own, but a big serve and forehand got Tiafoe out of trouble and he held for a 3-1 advantage.

A sensational forehand over his shoulder highlighted the eighth game to give the world number 57 a 5-3 edge and he would close out the set two games later.

The second set was going along on serve, Tiafoe with a nice approach and backhand volley gave him a hold that brought the score to 2-2. Both men were serving well until the ninth game.

There, Tsitsipas saved two break points, but a ripping forehand gave Tiafoe a third opportunity and he extracted a backhand error from the Greek to take the lead and another miss on the backhand gives Tiafoe a two-set lead.

The world number 57 broke to open up the third set when Tsitsipas smashed a volley into the net. Brought to deuce several times in the fourth game, Tiafoe held to stay in front 3-1.

Big serving again got the American through another game, this time to give him a 4-2 lead. Saving two break points, Tiafoe was a game away holding a 5-3 advantage.

Serving to stay in the match, Tsitsipas fell behind 0-40 and although he saved the first two match points, a final netted backhand ended the match, giving Tiafoe a superb victory.

 
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