Tsitsipas Australian Open 2021

Superb Stefanos Tsitsipas storms into Toronto Masters last four

The ‘Big Three’ all decided to sit out this week’s Masters event in Toronto but Stefanos Tsitsipas and Daniil Medvedev have provided plenty of entertainment.

The French Open finalist continued his fine run of form with a 6-1 6-4 thrashing of sixth seed Caper Ruud that gave Tsitsipas his 45th victory of 2021.

Tsitsipas reached the final in Toronto back in 2018 with a breakthrough run, the 23-year-old was very happy with his quarter-final performance against Ruud.

“It was very close to being an excellent game. My intentions were clear from the very beginning,” said third seed Tsitsipas, who had Ruud on the back foot right from the start.

“I was not doubting myself in any way and kept things simple. Just played clean, aggressive tennis.”

With the ‘Big Three’ absent, the pressure was on Medvedev and Tsitsipas to reach the final of this tournament, but it was something he had prepared for.

“I was prepared for it, and I was sort of experiencing from a young age playing juniors, transitioning to the pros. It is something that you build something, something that you, I guess, know how to deal better over time,” added Tsitsipas.

“In the beginning it comes as a kind of something that you’re not really expecting at that level, but eventually you pick up and, you know, it becomes your new habitual life.”

The Greek will face big-serving Reilly Opelka in the last four.

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