Stefanos Tsitsipas ‘courageous’ in converting significant first against Daniil Medvedev
Stefanos Tsitsipas is into his second ever hard court Masters 1000 final after defeating world number one Daniil Medvedev at the Cincinnati Masters.
The Greek world number seven was previously 0-5 when facing Medvedev on outdoor hard courts, but snapped that streak by defeating the Russian 7-6 (8-6), 3-6, 6-3, his second ever win over a world number one after defeating Novak Djokovic at the 2019 Shanghai Masters.
Tsitsipas last reached a Masters 1000 final on hard courts at the 2018 Canadian Masters, losing in straight sets to Rafael Nadal there.
“There were some difficult shots I had to play a bit more,” Tsitsipas explained after ousting Medvedev “A few short balls I really took advantage of and came in. A lot of courageous serve and volleys, approaches to the net that definitely gave me that great win today.”
“I knew I had to sign up for a difficult task, third set, it wasn’t going to be easy. [Medvedev] made it very physical and really demanding for me. I just took advantage of some of his missed first serves. I think I had a couple opportunities where it seemed to be going towards to my side.”
Tsitsipas improves to a win-loss record of 3-7 against Medvedev with the victory, and is into his third Masters 1000 final of 2022 after Monte Carlo and Rome.
The 24-year-old will also return to the top five with his Cincinnati run, and will overtake Carlos Alcaraz to fourth if he defeats Borna Coric in the final.
Finally, Tsitsipas is now second in the ATP Race to Turin, and will only be 610 points behind Nadal if he clinches the title in Ohio, putting him in with a shot of becoming world number one before the end of the season.
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