Vienna | Medvedev and Rublev on track to meet in final

Defending champion Daniil Medvedev took out his countryman Karen Khacahanov 6-3 3-6 6-3 in the first of the day’s quarter finals at the Erste Bank Open in Vienna, Austria. gaining his breaks early in both the first and second sets in which he lost just 6 points on his first serve.

I am lucky I played great points in the first set and to get an early break. Andrey Rublev

His rival Stefanos Tsitsipas set up their semi-final clash when he ended the Croatian Sebastian Golo’s excellent run as a wildcard entry, 7-6(4) 7-5.

“It feels great,” Tsitsipas said following hs victory. “I kept fighting and didn’t lose faith. In the tie-break, what a great way to end it by fighting and giving so much on the court. I felt it was a matter of keeping the ball deep and attacking when the ball was short.”

However, Tstsipas has some work to do if he is to close the gap between himself and the Russian top seed whom he trails with four wins to Medvedevs eight.

The possibility of an all-Russian final increased when Andrey Rublev edged the 2022 champion Alexander Zverev 6-1 6-7(5) 6-3 in which the German failed to convert one of the six break opportunities he raised in the decider.

“It was a super tough match,” Rublev said post-match. “I am lucky I played great points in the first set and to get an early break. That gave me a lot of confidence, because when you are one set up it is easier to play. Then in the second set he was serving much better. I had one chance to break him and I was unlucky. Then classic tie-break and he played well.

“In the third set I was able to start well and get an early break. Then a couple of break points and the last game was dramatic but I think I played well. Aggressive on those points and finishing at the net.”

Meanwhile Italy’s Jannik Sinner, the second seed, cruised past Frances Tiafoe 6-3 6-4 without dropping his serve and broke twice in the match to improve his record against the American to 3-1.

But Sinner has the edge on Rublev having beaten the Russian three times in five meetings which could well prevent the possible All-Russian final clash.

Andrey Rublev feels he was lucky to get through

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