Stefanos Tsitsipas was kicking himself on Thursday after letting go of a huge lead as the second seed took a 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 Miami Masters loss to Hubert Hurkacz.
The quarter-final shock win by his Polish opponent left the Greek seed frothing at his missed chances – for which he blamed himself.
“It’s a disappointing loss, it got out of my hands. I had it all under control, then suddenly, a self-explosion
“It’s a pity, I hope it doesn’t happen again.”
Tsitsipas looked in command, up a set with the second looking good: but Hurkacz landed a return winner on the line to break for 3-2 and open the floodgates to the eventual upset.
“All I needed to do was manage my serve,” Tsistipas said, “He could have been down 5-1 and would feel completely crushed.
“But once I got broken, I didn’t feel so comfortable in the back of my head knowing I could have knocked him out.
“It was a bit unlucky for me, I had felt like nothing could stop me.”