Wimbledon already has its first major upset.
American Frances Tiafoe, the world’s No. 57 ranked player, upset No. 3 seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas at Wimbledon in an outcome not many would have predicted.
Tiafoe’s aggressive performance on Monday ended in a 6-4, 6-4, 6-3 straight-sets victory over Tsitsipas — marking Tiafoe’s first-ever top-five win. Tsitsipas was in the French Open final earlier this month, leading Novak Djokovic two sets to none before Djokovic came back to win.
After the stunning win, the 23-year-old basked in the special moment.
Tiafoe lifted the sleeves of his white polo shirt and flexed both muscles. He then took a page out of James Harden’s book, giving a “stirring the pot” gesture to the crowd.
Tsitsipas struggled throughout the match on the grass court. The defeat solidified his second consecutive loss in the first round of Wimbledon, after he fell to Thomas Fabbiano in 2019.
Tiafoe will go on to face either Roberto Carballes Baena or Vasek Pospisil in the second round.
Tiafoe is having himself a year. At the 2021 Australian Open in February, he impressed when he took two sets from Novak Djokovic, though the No. 1 seed went on to win the match.
Wimbledon returned on Monday after the event was cancelled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic — the only grand slam that didn’t happen in 2020.
This year’s tournament is the first outdoor sporting event in the United Kingdom to have full-capacity fan attendance.
The men’s final will take place on Sunday, July 11.