Stefanos Tsitsipas, the fifth seed, defeated world number two, Daniil Medvedev, in straight sets on Tuesday. Advancing to the French Open semi-finals for the second year in a row and ending the Russian’s good run on the Parisian clay.
With a 6-37-6(3) 7-5 victory, Stefanos Tsitsipas avenged his Australian Open semi-final defeat to the Russian earlier this year and extended his Grand Slam quarter-final record to 4-0, setting up a last-four match against Germany’s Alexander Zverev.
“It was a very close match and we both served pretty well,” Tsitsipas said. “It was intense. I was playing against one of the best guys on the tour. I had to keep up the intensity and elevate my game throughout the entire match. I am happy to keep repeating, trying to go further.”
Medvedev had not won a single match at the French Open before his run to the final eight this year, having squandered two set points in the second set and only converting two of his eight breakpoints.
Despite having finally found his stride on the red dirt, he stood little chance against Tsitsipas, who so far has had a stellar clay season. Tsitsipas, a clay court champion in Lyon and Monte Carlo this year, caught the Russian off guard by converting his first breakpoint for a 3-1 lead in the first set while comfortably holding serve.
At 5-2, Medvedev saved a Tsitsipas set point, but the fifth seed wrapped it up with a volley a game later. Medvedev made 44 unforced errors in the match, almost twice as many as the Greek. Tsitsipas then broke the Russian for the second time early in the second set, scoring 11 straight points and cruising to a 3-1 lead.
His opponent, on the other hand, mounted a comeback, grabbing his first break on his way to a three-game winning streak. Medvedev improved his first-serve percentage and even carved out two set points. But Tsitsipas saved them to hold and force a tiebreak.
Tsitsipas overcame a second-set slump to win the match with a volley on his first set point.