They are both young and don’t like each other very much, but they all want to replace the Big Three-Djokovic, Nadal and Federer-as the rulers of men’s tennis in the coming years. The series to be held in Paris on Tuesday night should be a rematch of the last Australian Open semi-final. There, after the elimination of Rafael Nadal, the exhausted Sisipas was successfully defeated by Medvedev and lost the game 4:6, 2:6, 5:7.
In the almost empty court of Philippe Chatrier (during the Paris “curfew”, there was still no public participation in the evening meetings), the opposite was true. It was Sisipas who played much more confidently than his opponent, especially in the first set, because of a single breakthrough in the midfield, he won 6-3.
The efforts of Daniel Medvedev are undeniable. He already lost 1:3 in the second set, but he drew and tied the tie, and showed some of the magic of tennis at the same time. For example, the victory in the 11th game and a 6:5 lead, ranked runner-up in the world at that time. He won the trade with an effective lob between his legs.
Previously, the Russian failed to use two set kicks when the opponent served, and he also managed to insult someone who seemed to him to be too loud in the backcourt.
The tie-break was won by Stefanos Tsitsipas’ tennis reliability, and he didn’t even lower his game level for a moment (the 31/44 statistics of Greece against Russia have 33 wins and 24 unforced errors). Sisipas won all the balls with his passing and won 7-3 with two small breakthroughs.
When Medvedev showed great fighting will in the second set, he showed his second worse face in the third set. He broke serve first, leading 4:2. Well, if three consecutive games, including one serving for himself, he loses and only scores one point, and Sisipas quickly leads with 5:4.
However, if it is incomprehensible, the gem of the last meeting has exceeded the limit of imagination. Lost 5:6 and attempted a tie-break. The Russian tennis player took a 40-0 lead at home and then conceded four more goals. Sisipas has used his first game ball, although it is better to say that he got a point from his opponent as a gift. Medvedev managed to serve at this critical moment… from below. The Greek was not distracted-he ended the game with a certain return and locked in advancement to the semifinals.
In the semi-finals in Paris, the Greek opponent will be the German Alexander Zverev. In another quarter-final on Tuesday, the world’s sixth-ranked tennis player did not give any opportunity for the revelation of the game-Spaniard Alejandro Davidovich Fokina (ATP 46) . Zverev defeated his opponent and only gave him six games in the entire game. He won 6:1, 6:1, 6:1.
The course of the first set is unusual for men’s tennis. This was a breakthrough festival-out of ten games, only three ended in server victories. In the next game, Zverev didn’t even come back to his senses once, and David Dovich Fokina’s own application still had big problems. The level of play between the two players is very different-Zverev has 24 hits and 3 aces, and only 16 unforced errors. In the case of the Spaniard, these statistics are much worse-16 wins and as many as 37 unforced errors.
Alexander Zverev will have the opportunity to advance to his second Grand Slam final. A few months ago, he participated in the US Open for the first time. After killing 500 games, he had to admit the superiority of Austrian Dominic Tim. Stefanos Tsitsipas has not participated in such a final. However, both sides are clearly aware that it will be extremely difficult to win the first show title, because in the other half there are two rulers-“King of the Paris Stadium” Rafael Nadal and Novak Dejo Kovic, they will be on Wednesday.