World No. 5 Stefanos Tsitsipas was on the brink of losing his Monte Carlo Masters quarterfinal match but then created a stunning third set comeback to beat Diego Schwartzman and advance to the semifinal. Tsitsipas, seeded at No.
3, was down by a double break in the third set but refused to quit and ended up beating Schwartzman 6-2 6-7 (3) 6-4. Tsitsipas appeared to be cruising toward a comfortable straight-set win as he had a 6-2 5-2 lead. Down by a set and a break, Schwartzman recovered in a stunning fashion to win the second set and force a decider.
After a stunning second set collapse, Tsitsipas lost his serve in back-to-back games at the start of the third set as Schwartzman opened a 4-0 lead. Just when it seemed Schwartzman would win in three sets, Tsitsipas claimed three breaks in a row and won six consecutive games to reach the semifinal.
“There was a moment in the match where I felt what I was doing wasn’t working,” Tsitsipas said in his on-court interview, per the ATP website. “He had a massive lead and momentum in what he was trying to do.
I just tried to stay in the match as much as I could and that worked out very well. I wasn’t expecting much at that point being a double break down, so I relaxed at that point”.
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“It was extremely close,” Tsitsipas added.
"II was really close in the second set. That was the moment I had a big chance to close it out but Diego is Diego and I had to be Stefanos in the third set”. Tsitsipas, who lifted his maiden Masters title in Monte Carlo last year, is now two wins away from winning back-to-back Monte Carlo titles.
However, Tsitsipas won't have an easy job in the semifinal as he faces next No. 2 seed Zverev. Zverev, who has Rome and Madrid Masters titles in his collection, made it clear earlier this week that he is determined to win his first Monte Carlo. It remains to be seen if Tsitsipas can beat Zverev and reach back-to-back Monte Carlo finals.