ATP Finals: Stefanos Tsitsipas edges Daniil Medvedev



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ATP Finals: Stefanos Tsitsipas edges Daniil Medvedev

In a battle of former ATP Finals champions, Stefanos Tsitsipas defeated Daniil Medvedev 6-3, 6-7, 7-6 in two hours and 21 minutes to keep his semi-final chances alive. Medvedev will finish the competition in the round-robin stage after losing both matches, and Tsitsipas will face Andrey Rublev to determine who will join Novak Djokovic in the last four.

After losing the opening five encounters against the Russian, Stefanos is now 4-7 against Daniil, winning four of the previous six clashes. The Greek served at 75% and faced only one break point. Daniil converted it in the final set and served for the victory in game ten before Stefanos pulled the break back and emerged at the top in the tie break.

Medvedev denied three match points in a thrilling second set tie break to extend the battle and squandered an opportunity to seal the deal in the third. Tsitsipas had 41 winners and 28 unforced errors, hitting nine service winners fewer than Daniil but rushing to the net almost 40 times to keep the points on his racquet.

Stefanos Tsitsipas overpowered Daniil Medvedev in Turin.

Stefanos built the advantage in the shortest range up to four strokes, attacking with the first groundstroke or a volley to have the upper hand in the exchanges. Tsitsipas produced five fine holds in the opening set and kept the pressure on the other side.

Medvedev wasted a game points in game two and missed a smash to fall behind and experience an early setback. The Greek won a great exchange in game three and closed it with a volley winner at the net for 3-0. Medvedev held at love at 2-5 to extend the set before Tsitsipas repeated that in the next one for 6-3 in 32 minutes.

Both players served well in the second set, and the tie break became inevitable on the fast indoor court. Medvedev led 4-1 before Tsitsipas claimed four straight points for 5-4. Daniil saved a match point at 5-6, wasted a set point at 7-6 and faced the second match point at 7-8.

The Russian denied it and squandered his second set point at 9-8. Medvedev erased the third match point at 9-10 with a baseline smash winner and earned his third set point at 11-10. Tsitsipas saved it with a smash winner before missing a drop shot by a mile.

Medvedev grabbed the fourth set point with a smash winner at 12-11 to introduce a decider after an hour and 32 minutes. The final set offered six quick holds for 3-3 before Medvedev delivered his only break of serve after the rival's loose forehand.

The Russian saved a break point in the next one with a service winner and served for the victory in game ten. Tsitsipas forced Medvedev's mistake to earn two break points and seized the first to lock the result at 5-5 and gain a massive boost.

The set went into a tie break, and the Greek was the only player on the court. Daniil fell 3-0 behind after a poor drop shot, and Stefanos increased the advantage to 5-0 with a volley winner at the net. Medvedev saved the match point at 0-6 before Tsitsipas converted the second after the opponent's forehand mistake to emerge at the top and remain in contention.