French Open 2021: Stefanos Tsitsipas cruises past Daniil Medvedev, reaches the Last 4 for the second time

Fifth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas reached the semifinals at Roland Garros for the second time after beating Daniil Medvedev in straight sets.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas
Stefanos Tsitsipas

Under the lights of Court Philippe Chatrier, Stefanos Tsitsipas light up the scenes, beating arch nemesis and second seed Daniil Medvedev in the quarterfinals. The Greek defeated the World No.2 in straight sets 6-3,7-6(3),7-5 to reach the semifinals at Roland Garros for the second consecutive time.

In a match full of excitement an drama, Tsitipas clearly came out as the better player and got the better of Medvedev for only the second time in eighth meetings. He will be up against sixth seed, Sascha Zverev in the semifinals on Thursday.

Tsitsipas started the first set high on intensity, breaking first in the 4th game and taking a 4-1 lead. That break proved decisive as rest of the set was on serve and Tsitsipas closed it out 6-3 in just 32 minutes. The other two sets were very competitive as Medvedev finally stepped up and delivered.

Despite getting broken early on in the second set, Medvedev broke back and levelled up 4-4. Serving to stay in the set at 4-5, Tsitsipas had to save 2 set points which he did in style and took the set to a tie breaker. He dropped just 3 points in the tie breaker and won the set in about an hour.

Tsitsipas books a date with Zverev

Stefanos Tsitsipas
Stefanos Tsitsipas

The third set was on serve until Medvedev exploited Tsitsipas’s backhand and broke to take a 4-2 lead. But he was unable to keep it, as he got broken in the eighth game. Eventually Medvedev was serving at 5-6 to force a tie breaker, but despite being 40-0 up, he lost ground and bottled up the game. A dramatic failed attempt of an underarm serve handed Tsitsipas the set 7-5.

After his emphatic win, Stefanos Tsitsipas will be up against Alexander Zverev in the semifinal on Thursday. The two players have had some epic matches in the past and will be up against for the eight time, fighting for a place in the Roland Garros Final.

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