Tsitsipas toppled as Medvedev leads Marseilles semi-final line-up

Stefanos Tsitsipas’s two-year reign as champion of Marseille and his nine-match winning streak at the Open 13 Provence tournament, was brought to an end by Pierre-Hughes Hebert who, in the quarter-finals, pulled off the upset of the week,

First time here in the semi-finals in Marseille, even if it is my fourth time playing here and third time in the main draw,. I am really happy about it. Hopefully, I can go further Daniil Medvedev

The Frenchman defeated the second seed from Greece, 6-7(6) 6-4 6-2 for his first victory over a Top-5 player

“I didn’t know this was the first Top 5 that I beat,” said Herbert.

“It has been an incredible week for me so far, especially this match. I knew I was going to have to play an amazing match to have a chance to win and I managed to do that. I am really happy about the way I played. I am so happy to be in the semi-finals here.”

Tsitsipas accepted his defeat calmly.

“I didn’t deserve to win today,” the world No.5 said. “He showed a great quality out on the court to persevere and win that match. Very well earned. Too bad for me.”

In the semi-finals, the Frenchman better known for his doubles successes, takes on his tough countryman Ugo Humbert.who reached his first semi-final of the season having saved a match point in a 4-6 7-5 7-6(4) victory over French qualifier, Arthur Rinderknech.

“There is going to be a French in the final,” said Herbert. “I am happy about that and I hope it is going to be me.”

Daniil Medvedev, the top seed, who is expected to rise to No.2 in the world rankings on Monday, showed he’s in good form after cruising past the talented Italian teenager Jannik Sinner 6-2 6-4.

“First time here in the semi-finals in Marseille, even if it is my fourth time playing here and third time in the main draw,” Medvedev said. “I am really happy about it. Hopefully, I can go further.

“Jannik always tries to hit the ball as hard as he can,” the Russian added. “You cannot give him easy balls, otherwise you are going to run all over the place and he is probably going to hit a winner. I needed to take time from him. I needed to be aggressive and it worked out very well today.”

Medvedev faces the 287th-ranked qualifier from Australia, Matthew Ebden who shocked Karen Khachanov 4-6 6-4 6-2 to reach his first semi-final in three years.

The Aussie journey, aged 33, is guaranteed to jump to at least 220 in the rankings after his win and will be back in the top-200 should he make his first-ever ATP tour final.






Previous

Next

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Social Media Auto Publish Powered By : XYZScripts.com