The Greek turned to self-flagellation in his semifinal versus Alexander Zverev. (AP)

Imitation continues to be the sincerest form of flattery.

Not long removed from Mikhail Youzhny's retirement from pro tennis, so many seem ready to carry the Russian's mantle. Or to outdo Benoit Paire in the meltdown game, either or.

The latest: Stefanos Tsitsipas. In an Aug. 4 semifinal showdown against defending-turned–two-time champ Alexander Zverev at the Citi Open, the young Greek took to a sort of self-flagellation. 

The likes of Nick Kyrgios sympathized, and hilariously.

Tsitsipas, seeded No. 10, would drop the match 6-2, 6-4, to the top-seeded Zverev, who retained his title a day later by the same score against Alex de Minaur.

As seen in his Twitter exchange with Tennis Channel, 19-year-old Tsitsipas himself was not without a measure of humor about the situation later.

But there's no rest for that weary forehead: Tsitsipas is in the Toronto draw this week, first facing Damir Dzumhur.

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