June 24, 2021

Roland-Garros 2021: Stefanos Tsitsipas wins his duel with Daniil Medvedev and returns to the semi-finals

He had only found the solution once in their first seven confrontations, but Stefanos Tsitsipas finally seems to have found the key in his standoff with Daniil Medvedev. Tuesday, June 8, the Greek won against the Russian in the quarter-finals of Roland Garros (6-3, 7-6, 7-5) and took his revenge on the world No. 2, who had prevented to discover a Grand Slam final last January in Australia.

On a Philippe-Chatrier court plunged into silence one last time (the next night sessions will take place with a gauge of 5000 spectators), the world n ° 5 delivered a very solid performance, in line with his 2021 edition (only one set lost before the semi-finals, against John Isner in the 3rd round). Excellent at the service, the Greek made the match easy against a Russian too messy to hope to shake off the hellene who is now at ease at Porte d’Auteuil.

One figure alone sums up the first round: the semi-finalist of last year lost only four points on his faceoffs. He only needed his first break point to break away (6-3) . In the second set, the Russian moved: he tried to break the backhand lines of the Greek by going up to the net and varying its length much more. Saving change since he pocketed three games in a row (1-3 to 4-3) but the Russian spoiled everything by missing his tie-break (7-3).

The third round saw both men raise their level of play even further, sending long rallies from the baseline at high speed. The Russian broke away to lead 4-3 but he was immediately broken by the Greek, decidedly more sovereign in this meeting, which he finally concluded in three sets and 2:19 hours of play after a winning return on a service to the Russian spoon. “We both served well. The difference was probably made mentally, and especially in the last game, where I came back from 0-40 to get match point and finally win.”, welcomed the Greek at the exit.“I played against one of the best players in the world, who left me very little space. It was one of my best performances this week. I am very happy on the clay in Paris, it reminds me of good memories and I hope to go further “, he concluded.

Already semi-finalist in 2020 (defeat in five sets against Novak Djokovic), Stefanos Tsitsipas confirms his status as a very serious outisder to the final victory. To win his first Grand Slam final, the 22-year-old Greek will have one last big obstacle: Alexander Zverev, authoritarian striker of Alejandro Davidovich Fokina, who will also aim for a first final in Paris. Their last clash two and a half months ago in the final in Acapulco turned to the advantage of the German.

For Daniil Medvedev, the coup is missed, since he could have become world No. 1 on Monday by reaching the final if Djokovic stopped before. But the Russian should only be half disappointed: the one who defined himself on clay as a “cow on an ice rink” had never passed the first round at Roland Garros before this edition and finally seems to have unlocked his aversion to clay.

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