Tsitsipas blames nap, sleeping pills, ‘late’ matches for Alcaraz mauling

Spain's Carlos Alcaraz, left, applauds for Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas who lost the quarterfinal match of the French Open tennis tournament, won by Alcaraz in three sets, 6-2, 6-1, 7-6 (7-5), at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Tuesday. [AP]

Stefanos Tsitsipas put his three-set mauling by top seed Carlos Alcaraz in their French Open quarter-final down to sleeping pills, pre-match naps, and late matches rather than the Spaniard's sensational quality.

Alcaraz pulverised the fifth seed to take a 6-2 6-1 5-1 lead with a jaw-dropping display before a brief comeback by Tsitsipas forced a third set tiebreak which the Spaniard won as well.

While Alcaraz described the win as one of the best of his career, for his opponent the defeat was self-induced.

"One thing that I'm going to try to avoid in the future is have melatonin pills and naps before matches because it clearly doesn't seem to be working," a visibly disappointed Tsitsipas said.

"I don't think he played any crazy tennis. I allowed it to happen. I don't think he played his best match. He played great. I mean, I don't think he played...

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