Stefanos Tsitsipas downs Rublev to set possible Djokovic clash

ATP Roland Garros: Stefanos Tsitsipas downs Rublev to set possible Djokovic clash

World no. 6 Stefanos Tsitsipas will compete in the second Major semi-final and the first in Paris, beating Andrey Rublev 7-5, 6-2, 6-3 in an hour and 55 minutes. Trailing 5-3 in the opener, Stefanos rattled off16 of the last 21 games, stealing the opener and dominating sets two and three to seal the deal and set the semi-final clash against Novak Djokovic or Pablo Carreno Busta.

Both Andrey and Stefanos played on a high level in the previous ten days in Paris, battling for a notable result and hoping to go all the way and claim the first Major trophy. Tsitsipas is the one who has remained on that course, ousting the Russian in the shortest and mid-range exchanges to march over the finish line in under two hours.

The Greek lost only 23 points behind the initial shot, suffering only one break earlier in the opening set and never looking back in his games, mounting the pressure on the other side of the court. Tsitsipas fired 35 winners and 17 unforced errors, leaving Rublev on a solid 25-23 ratio that wasn’t enough at least for a set after suffering five breaks from eight chances offered to the younger opponent.

Andrey forced an error from Stefanos to save a break point in game two, opening a 3-2 gap with a forehand drive-volley winner at 2-2 and confirming the lead with a hold at love. Tsitsipas couldn’t deal with the opponent’s down the line strokes, changing that in the rest of the clash to gain control.

After four commanding holds on both sides, Rublev served for the opener at 5-4, only to spray a forehand error and suffer a break at 15. With the momentum on his side, Tsitsipas broke again in game 12 to rattle off four straight games and steal the set 7-5 after 48 minutes.

Stefanos Tsitsipas is through to his first Roland Garros semi-final.

Stefanos lost only five points in his games in set number two, firing ten winners and four unforced errors to leave the rival behind. The Russian stayed in touch in the opening four games, getting broken at 15 in game six after a lucky net cord for Tsitsipas.

A service winner sent the Greek 5-2 up, closing the set with another break in game eight to forge a massive advantage. Gaining an enormous boost, Stefanos delivered one good hold after another in the third set, stealing Rublev’s serve at 15 in game four to open a 3-1 gap.

The Greek held after deuce in the next one to cement the advantage, earning a match point in game eight that Andrey saved with a service winner to prolong the action. That didn’t last for long, though, as Tsitsipas landed four winners at 5-3 to move over the top and book the semi-final spot.

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