Stefanos Tsitsipas he entered the French Open just two days after the defeat in the final of the tournament in Hamburg and lost 0-2 in sets with the Spaniard Jaum Munar in the first round of the Paris Grand Slam. But the development turned around and since then he has won 15 sets in a row.
Today, in his first quarterfinal on Roland Garros, he beat 7-5 6-3 6-2 with Russian peer Andrei Rublyov, who was his winner in the title race from Hamburg. The 22-year-old Greek lost 3-5 in the first set, but reversed the development, the opponent was no longer offered any more breakball and after less than two hours he could rejoice in the victory.
“It was a great match. I made the right decisions at the right times. At the end of the first set, I managed almost everything and it helped me a lot. I then had the match under control and dictated the pace of the game,” said the sixth player in the world, Tsitsipas.
The Athenian native will play the grand slam semifinal for the second time in his career after last year’s Australian Open. The winner of last year’s Champions Tournament will play with the world number one for the premiere final at the grand slam tournament Novak Djokovic, with which he has a balanced balance, including the exhibition in Abu Dhabi 3-3.
Djokovic, 33, played in the French Open quarterfinals today for the eleventh year in a row and made it to the semifinals in Paris for the tenth time in his career.
In a duel with a Spaniard Pablem Carreñem he suffered from a sore neck and left hand, which he had to have massaged. In addition, he lost the set for the first time in the tournament, but even though he did not dominate in the further course, he prevailed in key moments and in the end won 4-6 6-2 6-3 6-4.
“There were more of those health problems, but I don’t want to go into details now. Carreño he was better at the beginning, he opened the court well and went for points. But then, thanks to experience, I found a way to get out of those problems. These matches are often decided by only a few balls and it’s a lot about the head, “commented Djokovic.
Carreňa defeated Djokovic a month after inadvertently shooting a line referee with the ball in the US Open round of 16 and was disqualified. He thus scored the only defeat in a season in which he had already won the 36th duel today.
In Friday’s second semifinal in men’s singles, 12-time champion Rafael Nadal from Spain will face Argentine Diego Schwartzman. You they succeeded in the quarterfinals on Tuesday.
|• Men’s Singles – Quarterfinals •|
|Djokovic (1-SRB) – Carreño (17-Sp.) 4-6 6-2 6-3 6-4|
|Tsitsipas (5-Czech) – Rublev (13-Rus.) 7-5 6-2 6-3|