World number 6 Stefanos Tsitsipas emerged victorious from his first major shock of the tournament on Tuesday and qualified for his straight semi-finals at Roland Garros by eliminating Daniil Medvedev (2).e) 6-3, 7-6 (7/3), 7-5, 2h19.
He will face the 22-year-old Greek player Alexander Zverev (N.6) for a place in the final.
“I was playing against one of the best players on the tour, and I had to keep my intensity up and up throughout the match. I didn’t give him much space, it’s one of the best performances I’ve had this week, I’m very happy. Playing on clay in Paris reminds me,” Tsitsipas said. With good memories, I hope to go even further.”
“It was a very close match, there weren’t a lot of breaks, both of us did really well. Teams, I would say it was the last game: to be 0-40 up front and back, to stay mentally present, not to give up in this match, And to fight when I could already advance into the tiebreak.”, he emphasized.
Nor did he fall into the trap of the Russian player who was used with a spoon on match point.
This will be the fourth semi-final match in the Major for Tsitsipas who has lost the first three, at the 2019 Australian Open (defeated by Rafael Nadal) and 2021 (defeated by Medvedev) as well as the 2020 Roland Garros (defeated by Novak Djokovic).
But this year, the Greek is the star player of the season on clay as he claimed his first Masters 1000 title in Monte Carlo in mid-April. He also came close to beating Rafael Nadal in Barcelona and then Novak Djokovic in Rome during the tour of this region.
Medvedev succinctly completes a cycle that has nonetheless been positive for him on Parisian clay, where he has not yet won a single match in four appearances. This time, he scored four wins.
Absolutely amazing exchanges
After the first round dominated by Tsitsipas, the match was perfectly balanced and there were some pretty amazing exchanges like this point at 5-5 on the Russian’s serve where, in the net, he achieved an overwhelming weight, and was blown away by Tsitsipas. before passing a tweener (Blow between the legs) which in turn Greek lobes. The latter, by the end of the racket, manages to deliver a very high shot that Medvedev takes to lead 6-5.
The 25-year-old Russian will regret several chances for breaks he missed (6 of 8), including the two in the second set that could have allowed him to draw one-round all over at 5-4 before he finally got to work. is being. Pushed to break the tie.