Major upset Frances Tiafoe knocks off No. 4 Stefanos Tsitsipas in Wimbledon first round

Major upset Frances Tiafoe knocks off No. 4 Stefanos Tsitsipas in Wimbledon first round 1

Frances Tiafoe made off with  the first major upset at Wimbledon 2021 on Monday as he beat world No. 4 Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4, 6-4, 6-3 to advance to the second round.

Tsitsipas was the match favourite having come in second to Novak Djokovic in the French Open final earlier this month.

“Definitely one of my best matches,” Tiafoe said in his on-court interview after the win.

“From start to finish, it was pretty clean,” Tiafoe said. “If you want to play against the best players in the world, this is what you train for.”

Tiafoe, 23, had never beaten an ATP top-5 player, and his victory makes him the youngest American man to defeat a top-5 player at a major since 21-year-old Robby Ginepri defeated world No. 5 Juan Carlos Ferrero in the third round of Wimbledon in 2004.

Tsitsipas said : “When I went on court I didn’t feel mentally ready. I didn’t feel 100% ready to fight – As a team we decided not to play anywhere before Wimbledon, although if I had played a couple of matches it would have helped me – I want to push myself for a new career high”.

Major upset Frances Tiafoe knocks off No. 4 Stefanos Tsitsipas in Wimbledon first round 2