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French Open finalist Stefanos Tsitsipas leaves Paris Masters with arm injury

French Open finalist Stefanos Tsitsipas exits the Paris Masters with an arm injury … it’s the first retirement in his entire career


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French Open finalist Stefanos Tsitsipas exited the Paris Masters when an arm injury forced him to withdraw from a match for the first time in his career.

The 23-year-old Greek was clearly unwell from the start of his second-round match with Australian Alexei Popyrin and was forced to quit when he was 4-2 behind in the first set.

Tsitsipas, ranked three in the world, said he was more concerned with making sure he was fit for the season-ending ATP finals in Turin.

French Open finalist Stefanos Tsitsipas exited the Paris Masters with an arm injury

French Open finalist Stefanos Tsitsipas exited the Paris Masters with an arm injury

“I have not retired once in my life, and it was something I had to do today,” Tsitsipas said at his post-match press conference.

“I’m also trying to be cautious for the next tournament, which is the most important for me.”

Tsitsipas declined to divulge the exact nature of the problem, saying “I’d rather keep it personal,” but said it had been a problem for a while.

US Open semifinalist Felix Auger-Aliassime was another high-profile casualty when he fell in a straight-sets loss at the hands of Dominik Koepfer.

Making the most of his lucky underdog status, Andy Murray’s conqueror knocked out the ninth-seeded Canadian with a 6-3 7-5 victory in one hour and 39 minutes.

“My level of play was low,” Auger-Aliassime told atptour.com. I served badly from start to finish. I tried but [it] it was very low-level, so I’m really disappointed. ‘

Koepfer will face seventh-seeded Hubert Hurkacz after the Pole survived a scare in the first set to seal a 7-5 7-6 (4) victory over American qualifier Tommy Paul.

Defending champion Daniil Medvedev was forced to work hard for his 7-5,6-4 victory against Ilya Ivashka to prepare for a clash with American Sebastian Korda, who defeated last week’s St. Petersburg champion Marin Cilic, 6-2 and 6-4.

Last year’s finalists Alexander Zverev defeated Serbian Dusan Lajovic 6-3 7-6 (5) to reach the third round in Paris and the fourth seed will face 16th seed Grigor Dimitrov, who eliminated 2018 champion Karen. Khachanov 4-6 6-2. 6-0.

British number one Cameron Norrie raised his hopes of qualifying for the ATP Finals with the victory over Reilly Opelka.

Norrie, who lost just three games by beating Argentine Federico Delbonis on Monday, beat his opponent with big serves 6-3 6-4 in 73 minutes and faces another American, Taylor Fritz, in the last 16.

Fritz, finalist defeated in St. Petersburg, defeated Russian Andrey Rublev, fifth seeded, 7-5 7-6 (2)

French qualifier Hugo Gaston, who is ranked 103rd in the world, beat Spanish 12th seed Pablo Carreño Busta 6-7 (3) 6-4 7-5 and will play 18-year-old Spanish Carlos Alcaraz after beating in Jannik Sinner 7-6 (1) 7-5.

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