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Stefanos Tsitsipas overcomes Daniil Medvedev and eliminates him from the Masters

Tennis is so cruel that fifteen minutes after serving for the match, Daniil Medvedev put down his rackets, hit and was knocked out of the Masters. On Wednesday in Turin, after an uneven but intense match, the Russian succumbed to Stefanos Tsitsipas (6-3, 6-7 [11]7-6 [1]).

Immediately very aggressive, Tsitsipas took advantage of several errors from Medvedev to take the lead from the first moments. While he had managed a fine serve-volley sequence on the second ball, capped off with a winning forehand volley, at 15-30 on his first engagement of the match, the Russian suddenly seized the forehand. At 40-30 he made two big mistakes, then after a good defense from the Greek he forced a smash from the baseline which escaped him by a few centimetres.

Tsitsipa’s imperial tenderloin

With this break before the entrance (3-0), “Tsitsi” continued his aggression. He took advantage of Medvedev’s extreme position on the return, very far, to multiply the serves and volleys. His quality of volleying, especially low, did the rest. Very struggling on the return and in the short net game, the Russian scored only six points on his opponent’s service game in the first set, logically lost in just over thirty minutes.

More balanced, the second set saw the servers clearly overpower the receivers. No break point, five white games, only one game ended after a draw: Neither one nor the other got the slightest opportunity before the tie-break.

Very much dependent on the quality of his serve and his first time percentage, Medvedev started to find some solutions to the rally from 5-5. An excellent cross forehand winner, finally a successful forehand return, a few gestures to ask the public to cheer him on: the 5th in the world was finally in his match.

Medvedev saves three match points…

On this momentum, he perfectly started the decisive game of the last chance. Two drop shots – one into Tsitsipas’ net, a winner from Medvedev – gave him a 4-1 lead. But at 4-3, two serves down, he committed two consecutive big forehand errors. The level of play then rose suddenly and noticeably.

Tsitsipas, still as difficult at the net, earned three match points at 6-5, 8-7 and 10-9. Medvedev saved them with great courage, even if it meant stepping out of his comfort zone, as if the two ends were about to tie at 8-8, or the incredible winning smash from the baseline after a huge defense from the Greek at 10-9.

Unable to conclude, the winner of the 2019 edition eventually leveled 11-11 with a nasty backhand drop in the hallway. As a symbol, it was at the net that Medvedev stuck to one set throughout.

… but missed the mark in the third set

The third set was similar to the previous one for a long time, with a clear advantage for the servers: four shutouts out of the first six engagements and no chance for a break. Then, at 3-3, Tsitsipas’ forehand fumbled and Medvedev jumped at the chance to steal his serve for the first time in the game.

At 4-3, the Russian saved a break point from an ace. But at 5-4, ending his engagement, he broke down completely. An edited game (four unforced errors) which allowed Tsitsipas to get back level (5-5) and then a tie-break contested on the upside, as were his two backhand errors that set the Greek off (3-0 and then 6-0 in a few moments) ) towards a third success in a row against his rival.

Beaten by Djokovic on Monday, Tsitsipas plays a real quarter-final on Friday against Rublev. The winner will join the last four, where he will challenge world No. 4 Casper Ruud, the loser will be eliminated.

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