Stefanos Tsitsipas overcame a critical examination from Andrey Rublev on the Mutua Madrid Open on Friday, clinching a 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 victory within the Spanish capital to achieve a tenth ATP Masters semi-final.
Tsitsipas lifted his second Masters 1000 title on the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters in April and the 23-year-old seems to have maintained that kind as he chases a second title of the season. In contrast to his comparatively simple opening victories in Madrid over Lucas Pouille and Grigor Dimitrov, nevertheless, the fourth seed’s assembly with Rublev was a see-saw affair through which each gamers loved spells of domination.
A 4-4 ATP Head2Head sequence document coming into the match steered little to separate Tsitsipas and Rublev, and so it proved in a dramatic encounter on Manolo Santana Stadium. But it was Tsitsipas who completed strongest in a one-hour, 59-minute encounter as he avenged defeat within the pair’s most up-to-date assembly on the Nitto ATP Finals in November.
Tsitsipas got here out firing on serve and took the primary set courtesy of a break within the second recreation of the match. The Greek dropped simply six factors on serve behind his supply within the set however was aided by a gradual begin from Rublev, who confirmed his frustration as he struggled to land his trademark booming groundstrokes.
As he did towards Jack Draper and Daniel Evans in his earlier matches, Rublev discovered a option to reset after a gradual begin and he discovered his groove to storm again into the match in spectacular type. Rublev reeled off 4 video games in a row from 2-2 within the second set as he started to showcase the kind of brutal forehand hitting that took him to an eleventh tour-level title in Belgrade two weeks in the past.[FOLLOW ACTION]
An excellent encounter appeared destined for a tie-break till Tsitsipas produced a high-class return recreation to interrupt within the ninth recreation of the deciding set earlier than serving out for victory. The win improves the 2019 finalist’s document towards High 10 opponents to 26-34, and Tsitsipas will really feel he has the momentum to go all the best way this week as he chases a maiden title in Madrid
His semi-final opponent would be the winner of the final quarter-final on Friday’s schedule, Felix Auger-Aliassime or defending champion Alexander Zverev.