Germany’s Alexander Zverev made a stunning comeback against Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas to extend his winning streak to 10 matches and advance to the Western and Southern Open final here on Sunday (IST).
Feeling bad and losing a double break at 1-4 in the third set, the German recovered to clinch a 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (4) victory and set up a title clash with world number 7. Russian Andrey Rublev, who won his first victory over compatriot Daniil Medvedev in his fifth attempt to reach his second ATP Masters 1000 final. Rublev won 2-6, 6-3, 6-3.
Tokyo Olympic champion Zverev played outstanding tennis in the first set, drastically lowered his level in the second set before finding his final act gritty. After being abandoned by his serve throughout the game, Zverev slammed three aces to take a 6-5 lead in the decider, then controlled the tie-break by passing five for five on first serves, sealing the victory with a second mini -Pause.
“After the first break [to get to 2-4] I thought I had a chance and I felt he (Tsitsipas) was not serving bombs and that I was in rallies, ”Zverev told atptour.com. “It was kind of the mentality I had against Novak at the Olympics. .
“It’s a great rivalry, there is a lot of fire and emotion there,” Zverev said. “And before the US Open we didn’t want to give ourselves anything, that’s what the game showed. It was a big battle and the last few games we played were like that.
“I didn’t feel good,” Zverev said. “In the middle of the second set I felt a lack of energy and my stomach wasn’t that great. I broke it 4-2 in the third and went out of the field and did my thing. I started to feel better, the doctor came out and gave me some medicine and my stomach started to calm down a bit. The energy returned but I think it was also adrenaline . “
Tsitsipas, who also reached the semi-finals last week in Toronto, is now heading to the US Open with 48 Tour-leading wins this season.
Russian Andrey Rublev said after recording his first victory over compatriot Daniil Medvedev in his fifth attempt that it had given him a lot of “confidence”.
“It gives me more confidence that I can compete against him. There is still so much to improve, but it’s like you pass college and they give you a degree,” Rublev said of the comment. of his first victory against the world number one. 2.
The fourth seed, who fell to Medvedev at the Australian Open in February, had not beaten the titlist 12 times in their previous four meetings. However, Rublev rallied in Ohio with powerful forehands to defeat Medvedev in two hours and 22 minutes and move to 1-4 in their ATP head-to-head.
“Even when I was down 2-6 it shouldn’t have been like this because the points were so tight,” said Rublev. “The match was so intense, so many long rallies, super tough, super physical, super mental. A bit like a chess match.
“Medvedev is one of those players who won’t give you the chance to attack, but if I have enough power and I choose the right time, I have to be the one to run it. find the perfect time to start being more aggressive to open up the angles, ”Rublev added.