Stefanos Tsitsipas lifted the Laver Cup trophy for Team Europe after an unspectacular run at the US Open 2021. Both of his bouts, singles and doubles, were won by the Greek.

Tsitsipas is now focusing on the Indian Wells tournament. He easily defeated Spaniard Pedro Martinez in straight sets in his first match.

Tsitsipas competed against Fabio Fognini of Italy in the round of 32. Tsitsipas regained his calm and won the match despite losing by one set.

Fognini had various comments about Tsitsipas during the match, particularly after the first set.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas. Source: news-24.fr

Stefanos Tsitsipas receives illegal coaching

In a thrilling third-round match, Stefanos Tsitsipas overcame Fabio Fognini. Tsitsipas came back from a set down to beat Fognini in three sets. Tsitsipas hit some powerful forehand winners during his match.

The match, however, took a dubious turn. Fognini complained to the Umpire about Tsitsipas receiving improper coaching.

However, the objection was dismissed because the umpire took no further action. This isn’t the first time Tsitsipas has found himself in the heart of a controversy this season.

Andy Murray recently accused the Greek of taking extended toilet breaks to interrupt the opponent’s rhythm at the US Open 2021.

Tsitsipas took an extended toilet break just before the start of the fifth and final set, which enraged Murray.

The Scot complained to the umpire about the circumstance, but no action was taken because there were no rules surrounding bathroom breaks.

Stefanos Tsitsipas has moved to the round of 16 after a dominant performance against Fabio Fognini. Alex de Minaur of Australia is the Greek’s next opponent.

In both of his bouts thus far, the Australian has won in straight sets. He won his third-round match against Cristian Garin of Chile.

Tsitsipas, on the other hand, leads the match 5-0 in head-to-head statistics. It will be fascinating to watch if Tsitsipas can beat Alex de Minaur for the sixth time.

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