beaten by Tsitsipas, Sinner does not overwhelm the referee despite a huge error

beaten by Tsitsipas, Sinner does not overwhelm the referee despite a huge error
beaten by Tsitsipas, Sinner does not overwhelm the referee despite a huge error

During the semi-final of the Masters 1000 in Monte-Carlo this Saturday between Jannik Sinner and Stefanos Tsitsipas, the Italian was the victim of a huge refereeing error in the third set, tipping the match. After his defeat, the world number two did not want to overwhelm the referee.

It was a refereeing error which had serious consequences for Jannik Sinner. This Saturday, the Italian was beaten by Stefanos Tsitsipas (6-4, 3-6, 6-4) during a semi-final of the Masters 1000 in Monte-Carlo. In the last round, the world number two should have led 4-1 after a double fault from his opponent. But the referee Aurélie Tourte did not flinch and the Greek finally won the game.

“Everyone can make a mistake”

After the lost point, which he played, Jannik Sinner went to look at the trace, far outside. “It’s not my job to judge. Let’s say that the referee’s position was ideal. The line to judge is the simplest… Now we have to accept it, that’s how it is,” reacted the last winner of the Australian Open after his defeat. “It’s hard to accept it, I was playing really well at that moment. Everything was going in the right direction tactically. Unfortunately, or fortunately, everyone can make a mistake. I too can deceive. That’s how it is.”

This situation will no longer be able to happen again in 2025 in Monte-Carlo: the ATP tournaments will be refereed electronically, with the exception of the four Majors. Roland-Garros will also have to make a crucial decision given the weight of the arbitration school in France.

Jannik Sinner then had physical difficulties, having the lower part of his right thigh massaged and then the back of his left. Trailing 4-2 in this third set, Stefanos Tsitsipas won the last four games to qualify for the final. “I had cramps, maybe because of what happened, because it also affects your nerves and your head spins, and it’s difficult to play,” Sinner reacted again. “I still tried to do the best I could. Stefanos raised his level of play, that’s how it is.”

Jannik Sinner therefore experienced his second defeat of the season, having been knocked out by Carlos Alcaraz in the semi-final at Indian Wells. Before this poster against Tsitsipas, he had 25 victories and three titles. If clay is not Sinner’s favorite surface, he will still remain one of the main contenders for Roland-Garros (May 20 – June 9).

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