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Stefanos Tsitsipas (right) and Holger Rune (left) high-five each other after the task. © APA/afp / TIZIANA FABI

Whistles and boos: Tsitsipas gives up against Rune

That was fast! Holger Rune and Stefanos Tsitsipas were only on the pitch for 15 minutes in Turin. Then one of them ended the match.

Holger Rune, trained by Boris Becker, achieved his first victory in an unusual way at the ATP Finals in Turin. Rune's opponent Stefanos Tsitsipas had to retire due to an injury in the first set on Tuesday when the score was 1:2. After just a quarter of an hour, the game at the Pala Alpitour was already over, and the spectators whistled to acknowledge the Greek's quick surrender. “Of course I didn’t want to win the game that way,” said Rune after the game. “But you noticed from your first serve game that something was wrong,” said the Dane.

After his first game on Sunday, when he lost to Jannik Sinner in two sets, Tsitsipas had explained that he was fit and had no problems. “I'm absolutely fine and ready to play this tournament. Turin is one of the most important events of the year for me. I am healthy. “I’m ready for the competition,” said the Greek after the defeat against the South Tyrolean.

The Greek gave up after 3 games. © ANSA / Alessandro Di Marco / Z63

It already had in the run-up to the ATP Finals There has been speculation about Tsitsipas' health, after he ended two training sessions with Carlos Alcaraz and Alexander Zverev early due to elbow pain. Today, back problems are said to have plagued the Greek. His remaining game against Novak Djokovic is expected to be played by the Pole Hubert Hurkacz, who is already there as a replacement in accordance with the rules.

The fans had to miss the afternoon game in Turin, which explains the displeasure and boos given the expensive ticket prices. Nevertheless: In the evening at 21.00 p.m. the cracker between Jannik Sinner and Novak Djokovic awaits, making it one of the highlights of the tennis days in the Italian metropolis.

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