ATP Roland Garros: Stefanos Tsitsipas downs Daniil Medvedev in straights

World no. 5 Stefanos Tsitsipas is through to his fourth Major semi-final and the third in a row following a 6-3, 7-6, 7-5 victory over Daniil Medvedev in two hours and 19 minutes. It was their eighth meeting and the second triumph for an in-form Russian, who prevailed in sets two and three to advance into the final four and repeat the result from the last October when he lost to Novak Djokovic in five sets. Stefanos defended the second serve superbly and dropped 27 points behind the initial shot, offering Daniil eight break chances and getting broken twice. On the other hand, the Russian faced seven break chances in his games and allowed the Greek to steal his serve four times and march over the top without spending more time on the court. They had a similar number of winners, while Tsitsipas made fewer unforced errors, taming his strokes nicely and causing a lot of damage with his top-spin forehand that Medvedev couldn’t deal with.

The Greek had the advantage in the shortest and mid-range exchanges to move over the top in straight sets and arrange the semi-final meeting with Alexander Zverev. It was the best opener for Stefanos, who lost four points behind the initial shot in the first set and kept the pressure on the other side. Stefanos broke in the fourth game with a forehand winner and held with a service winner in the next one to cement the advantage and open a 4-1 gap. Medvedev saved a set point at 2-5 with an unreturned serve before Tsitsipas held at 15 with a drive-volley forehand that sent him 6-3 ahead in just half an hour.

Stefanos Tsitsipas defeated Daniil Medvedev in straight sets in Paris.

The Russian faced only one break point in set number two and had two set points on the return at 5-4, wasting them and dropping the tie break to fall two sets to love down. Stefanos broke him at love in game three and lost the advantage when his forehand landed wide at 3-2 to bring Daniil back into contention.

The Greek saved those two set points in the tenth game and claimed the tie break 7-3 following a forehand drive-volley winner that secured a massive advantage for him. Medvedev found a range on the return in the third set and converted the fifth break chance in game five for a 3-2 advantage after a perfect drop shot winner. Staying calm, Tsitsipas broke at love in game eight when his opponent netted an easy volley and gathered momentum. After that break he suffered, Stefanos barely lost a point on serve by the end of the match, and Daniil couldn’t reach another tie break, despite a 40-0 lead at 5-6. Tsitsipas grabbed five straight points and sealed the deal with a backhand return winner following Medvedev’s underarm serve to advance into the last four for a second consecutive year in Paris.