The first men’s semifinal is set, and it’s s first meeting between Alexander Zverev and Stefanos Tsitsipas in a Grand Slam on Friday.
In the afternoon, Zverev rolled into his third Grand Slam semifinal and first in Paris dismissing Spanish upstart Alejandro Davidovich Fokina 6-4, 6-1, 6-1 in just 1 hour, 36 minutes.
“Obviously it’s very nice to be in the semi-final but just being here doesn’t satisfy me,” Zverev told the 1,000-strong crowd. “I know I’m playing pretty okay, and I hope I can continue playing the same way, maybe even better in the semifinals and then we’ll see in two days’ time what it holds for me.”
Zverev came out on top of a poor, break-filled first set, then won 12 of the next 14 games over the 21-year-old who was making his Grand Slam quarterfinal debut.
“After the first set, my baseline game improved a lot and I started to dominate the points,” said Zverev. “At the beginning, I don’t think I played that well. He has improved a lot over the past 18 months and has climbed up the rankings. I think I will play him a lot in the future.”
In the final match without fans, Tsitsipas held off Daniil Medvedev French Open and bid for No. 1 with a 6-3, 7-6(5), 7-5 victory. It was just his second win over the Russian in eight tries. Tsitsipas moves into fourth his Grand Slam semifinal, his third straight and second in Paris.
“I feel privileged that I’m in that position, and I feel obviously I’ve put in a lot of daily hard work and has been a key element of me being here,” Tsitsipas said. “But you know, my ego tells me I want more.”
The Greek broke early and his groundstrokes, movement and clay acumen was on display in the first set. Medvedev began to find some form in the second, but he lost an early break in the tiebreaker and was quickly down two sets.
In the third, Medvedev finally got some breathing space, breaking Tsitsipas 3-2 then extended the lead to 4-2. Long rallies started going Medvedev’s way. But just like that, Tsitsipas stormed back winning five of the last six games, including hammering a Medvedev underhand serve on match point.
Medvedev finished just 2/8 on break chances, and had 31 winners to 44 unforced.
“I was even kind of surprised the first set,” Medvedev said of how well Tsitsipas played in the opener.
“That’s why it went so easy on his side because I didn’t expect such great level from him, especially I felt like I played good guys like Bublik, Garin, Tommy Paul actually, that played good from baseline, and I felt that I was on top of them in the rallies so I felt I could continue doing this today like on the hard courts.
“It was not the case so I had to change.”
Tomorrow, the quarters wrap up with tournament favorites Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.
Nadal will take on Diego Schwartzman in a rematch of their 2020 semifinal won by Rafa in straight sets. Nadal leads 10-1 over the Argentine but Schwartzman did win last September in Rome. Neither has dropped a set.
The last night session will feature Novak Djokovic taking on his second straight Italian Matteo Berrettini. Berrettini hasn’t hit a ball since Sunday and lost his only meeting with Djokovic at the 2019 ATP Finals.
Should Nadal and Djokovic win, the two would collide Friday in a colossal semifinal.
WEDNESDAY FRENCH OPEN SCHEDULE
** Court Philippe CHATRIER ** Début à 11h00
1 SD Q Coco GAUFF (USA) contre Barbora KREJCIKOVA (CZE)
2 SD Q Maria SAKKARI (GRE)  contre Iga SWIATEK (POL)
3 SM Q Rafael NADAL (ESP)  contre Diego SCHWARTZMAN (ARG) 
Pas avant 20h00
4 SM Q Novak DJOKOVIC (SRB)  contre Matteo BERRETTINI (ITA) 
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