Basilashvili grows to aggravate the Tsitsipas crisis

Stefanos Tsitsipas, leader of the year in victories (54) and in the quarterfinals (14), is officially in crisis. It began with his defeat in the third round of the US Open against Carlos Alcaraz and continued this Friday in Indian Wells, where he fell at the hands of Nikoloz Basilashvili, who was two points away from losing in the third round against Albert Ramos.

The 29-year-old Georgian and 36th in the world ate (6-4, 2-6 and 6-4) the second seed, who played unhinged and suffered a roll that left his right ankle touched. Nikoloz will contest his first semi-final of a Masters 1,000. He will do it against Taylor Fritz or Alexander Zverev, who face in the second turn of the center.

Tsitsipas could not control the anarchic and unpredictable game of Basilashvili, a tennis player who hits them all, many times at what comes out, but with enough quality to beat people like the Greek or like Roger Federer, whom he dropped a few months ago in the second round of Doha, Thiem, Zverev, Rublev, Del Potro and Berrettini. However, much of the blame for what happened in the game was an erratic and nervous Tsitsipas, who had ugly gestures, screams and even a failed attempt to break the racket. Opposite, his rival was elegant when the Athenian fell to the ground due to that sprained ankle and he let the ball pass and lost the point.


The Tbilisi tennis player, who until 2021 had not won a single match in the Californian tournament, beat the world number three for the first time, 23, on the third attempt. Now, with nothing to lose, he is more dangerous than ever.

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