Fifth-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas and sixth-seeded Alexander Zverev will be meeting in the French Open semifinals after winning their respective quarterfinal matches on Tuesday in Paris.
Tsitsipas swept past second-seeded Daniil Medvedev 6-3, 7-6 (3), 7-5 to book his spot, while Zverev notched a 6-4, 6-1, 6-1 triumph over Alejandro Davidovich Fokina.
The 22-year-old Tsitsipas is in the French Open semifinals for the second straight year. The Greek lost to Novak Djokovic of Serbia last year.
The two players are on the opposite side of the Roland Garros bracket than top-seeded Djokovic and third-seeded Rafael Nadal of Spain. Djokovic and Nadal play their quarterfinal matches on Wednesday.
The 24-year-old Zverev of Germany was very much aware of the draw.
“It’s nice that I didn’t play Rafa or Novak in the quarterfinals,” Zverev said. “(But) I think playing Rafa here in the finals, for example, is even worse. It’s even more difficult. But I also need to get there first.”
Zverev was tested in the opening set by Davidovich Fokina of Spain before rolling through the final two.
Davidovich Fokina, 22, helped Zverev’s cause by committing 37 unforced errors. Zverev committed 16 errors and held a 24-16 edge in winners.
Zverev is looking for his first grand slam title. He was up two sets in last year’s U.S. Open final before wilting and losing to Dominic Thiem of Austria.
“The Grand Slams are the tournaments that we want to win the most,” Zverev said. “Before maybe the past few years, I was putting too much pressure on myself. Before Medvedev and Tsitsipas arrived, I was seen as this guy who was going to all of a sudden take over the tennis world. I was putting pressure on myself as well.”
Zverev beat Tsitsipas in the Acapulco final in March, but it is Tsitsipas who holds a 5-2 edge in their meetings.
Tsitsipas played crisp tennis in his surprise sweep of the 25-year-old Medvedev.
He had a 33-31 edge in winners over Medvedev but made just 24 errors compared to the Russian’s 44.
“I was playing against one of the best guys on the tour,” Tsitsipas said. “… I felt like I was playing really good. There was not much space to do things and I think my performance was one of my best this week.”
Medvedev attempted a surprise underhanded serve on match point but Tsitsipas wasn’t caught off guard and drilled the decisive point.
“I thought it was a good choice to bring him a surprise,” Medvedev said. “… It didn’t work out at all. He had an easy ball to finish.”
Fifth-seeded Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia knocked off Germany’s Dustin Brown 6-3, 7-6 (4) in the first round at Stuttgart, Germany.
Sixth-seeded Frenchman Ugo Humbert sailed to a 6-3, 6-1 win over Hungary’s Marton Fucsovics and Croatia’s Marin Cilic was a 7-5, 6-3 winner over Germany’s Rudolf Molleker. Also, South Africa’s Lloyd Harris beat Gilles Simon of France 6-4, 7-5.
–Field Level Media
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