Stefanos Tsitsipas apparently swore and cursed at his box during his first match in Vienna, according to the Greek City Times. On Wednesday, Tsitsipas kicked off his campaign in Vienna with a 7-6 (2) 6-2 win over Dennis Novak. After being broken in the seventh game of the first set, Tsitsipas apparently yelled at his box, where his father, his coach and his mother were sitting.
The Greek City Times also published a video of the moment Tsitsipas apparently cursed and insulted his father.
Tsitsipas finished Novak in straight sets
Tsitsipas had a chance to start the match with an early break but missed three break points in the second game.
After saving three early break points, Novak earned the first break of the match in game seven to open up a 4-3 lead. Down by a break, Tsitsipas responded quickly as he broke Novak in game eight as the first set eventually ended in a tie break.
In the tie break, Tsitsipas won four points in a row to open a 5-1 lead, before converting his first set point to win a tight opener. After winning a tight first set, Tsitsipas avoided drama in the second set when he broke Novak twice to complete a straight-set victory.
«It took me time to adjust to these new conditions. I was playing against an opponent that I didn’t know much about. I hadn’t played against him before. I did very well in the second set, finding my steps and gaining a good feel of the court, of the balls.
It was a very good second set, in my opinion. I wish I could have achieved that in the first set, but it didn’t happen. I had to fight hard in that first one to get it and play a good tie-break,» Tsitsipas said after the match. Tsitsipas and Novak were playing against each other for the first time.