Tsitsipas Solves Medvedev, Will Meet Coric For Cincinnati Masters Title

by Staff | August 21st, 2022, 12:01 am
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There hasn’t been much to celebrate for Stefanos Tsitsipas since the tour shifted off of clay. But the Greek has found his form once again and it comes this week at the Cincinnati Masters.

Today, Tsitsipas got over on arch rival Daniil Medvedev 7-6(6), 3-6, 6-3 to reach his second career hard court Masters final.

Tsitsipas saved a set point in the first set breaker, then dropped five straight games to go down 5-0 in the second before rebounding in the third for his first hard win over the Russian since the 2019 ATP Finals.

“I knew I had to sign up for a difficult task, third set, it wasn’t going to be easy,” Tsitsipas said. “He made it very physical and really demanding for me. I just took advantage of some of his missed first serves. I think I had a couple opportunities where it seemed to be going towards to my side.”

“He kept missing a lot of first serves consecutively and that gave me some time to think of my next move a little bit clearer,” Tsitsipas added. “He gave me a double fault on break point, which I think was very important moment for me psychologically to give my best shot. I was a few games away and I was very calm and concentrated in every single task that was given to me.”

Tsitsipas fell third round at Wimbledon and first round last week at the Canadian Open to Jack Draper. He’ll be the big favorite tomorrow in the final against the surprising Borna Coric. The Croat continued his resurrection with a confident win over Cameron Norrie 6-3, 6-4 to advance to the biggest final of his career.

The 25-year-old had to wait out the rain and the long women’s matches before finishing the job.

“It was a very tough day, a very long day as well,” Coric said. “I didn’t expect to play at 7:30. I came here at 3 o’clock and I thought I was going to play a little bit earlier. Then I thought I was going to play later because of the delay.

“It was a crazy day but in the end it did finish very good. I was obviously very happy with my tennis today, I was playing extremely well.”

Coric is tied with Tsitsipas 1-1 with his lone win coming in an incredible five sets at the 2020 US Open when the Greek blew six match points.

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