The seeds No. 8 from Greece were defeated by Andrei Rublev, with the Russian advancing 6-4, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (7), 7-5 after three hours, 54 minutes. But Tsitsipas also made waves when he clashed with Judge Damien Dumua.
During the match, Tsitsipas was hit with a code violation for receiving coaching; among those in Tsitsipas' box is his father and coach, Apostolos.
In the fourth set, while struggling with cramps, Tsitsipas at one point received a timing violation for not returning fast enough to the court during a shift.
Then he was heard telling the chairman of the French judge's chair: "You have something against me, I don't know what – because you are French, probably. And you're all strangers. "[1
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after a press conference.
"The chair empire was very wrong in what he was saying to me during the match," Tsitsipas said. "I don't know exactly what this judge member is up against my team, but he used to complain and tell me that the team was talking to me the whole time I was on the court playing. He is very – I don't know. I believe he is wrong because I never hear anything from what my team says from the outside. And there is nothing that I personally believe can help my game or make me play better.
"My dad outside who usually doing the talking, he tries to pump me by saying, "Come on." Increasing my confidence by not training but trying to boost me. I believe my opponent's coach is doing the same thing as normal.
"This judge-chair, I don't know, he has something against me. I don't know why."
Tsitsipas reached the Australian Open Semifinals earlier this year, beating Roger Federer on the road. He reached the fourth round of the French Open, but lost in the first round to Wimbledon.
Meanwhile, Rublev's hot series continues. Earlier this month, the 21-year-old sent Federer just over an hour to the Western & Southern Open in the Cincinnati suburb of Mason, Ohio. It was Federer's fastest defeat in 16 years. Rublev reached the final eight of the US Open in 2017.
Tiem, Khachanov, Bautista Agut also lose
Tsitsipas is not the only seed in the top 10 to lose on Tuesday. Italian Thomas Fabiano upset No. 4 seed Dominic Thiem of Austria 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, Canada Vasek Listened to shock No. 9 seed Karen Khachanov of Russia 4-6, 7-5, 7-5, 4-6, 6-3, and Michael Kukushkin of Kazakhstan backed No. 10 seed Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain 3-6, 6-1, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.
Even Rafael Nadal, who won straight sets against John Milman on Tuesday, sounded surprised to hear about the upset.
"This is tennis," said the No. 2 seed and 18-time major champion. "That's all the reaction I can say, no? When you start the tournament, you have tough opponents up front. You have to get on the court and respect every opponent.
" I went out on the court today against a tough opponent, knowing that you should I play well to make money. If you play poorly, you can lose. Cicipas had a very difficult first round. Of course, Karen is a surprise. I think Thiem has been very ill for the last 10 days. I'm very sorry for him. … Roberto was surprised. Frankly, I'm very sad for him. "