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Tsitsipas finishes Medvedev’s run at French Open to finish last four


Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 8, 2021 Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece celebrates after winning his quarterfinal match against Daniil Medvedev of Russia Reuters / Sarah Messonnier

Paris: Fifth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas on Tuesday defeated world number two Daniil Medvedev in straight sets to reach the semi-finals of the French Open for the second year in a row, ending Russia’s stunning run on Parisian soil.

The Greek avenged his Australian Open semifinal loss to the Russian this year and improved his Grand Slam quarterfinal record to 4-0 with a 6-3 7-6(3) 7-5 win, which clashed against the last four. did. Alexander Zverev of Germany.

“It was a very close match and we both served very well,” said Tsitsipas. “It was intense.

“I was playing against one of the best guys on the tour. I had to maintain the intensity and level up my game throughout the match. I’m happy to repeat that and try to keep going.”

Medvedev, who lost two set points in the second set and converted only two of his eight break points, had not won a match at the French Open this year before his run in the last eight.

Yet after finally finding his footing on red dirt, he had a few chances against 22-year-old Tsitsipas, who has had a great clay season so far.

This year’s winner on clay in Lyon and Monte Carlo, Tsitsipas, converted his first break point into a wrongful Russian 3-1 lead as he served comfortably in the first set.

Medvedev, who made 44 unforced errors in the match, nearly double the Greek, saved the Tsitsipas set point 5-2 but the fifth seed wrapped it up with a volley a game later.

Tsitsipas then won 11 straight points and broke the Russian again in the second set to take a 3-1 lead.

Yet his opponent bounced back and got his first break en route to a three-game run.

Medvedev improved his first serve percentage and scored two set points but his opponent saved him to try and stop the tiebreak.

Tsitsipas survived the wobble of his second set to achieve it with a volley on his first set point.

The pair traded a break in the third, before Tsitsipas broke again, following Medvedev’s underarm serve to win his first match point.

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