Medvedev and Tsitsipas, the big favorites, to the semifinals in Toronto


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Medvedev and Tsitsipas, the big favorites, to the semifinals in Toronto

The two great candidates for the title took another step and got, by different routes, in the semifinals of the Masters 1000 in Canada, played in Toronto this time. Daniil Medvedev, No. 2 in the world and top seed, and Stefanos Tsitsipas, in the opening week of the No. 3 ATP and after celebrating years, remain firm.

As in the debut, Medvedev suffered again in this Masters 1000. But this time it was worse for the Russian. The big favorite of the Canadian tournament, on hard surfaces, started badly and took advantage of the numerous errors of Hubert Hurkacz of Poland (13th ATP), who had beaten him in five sets in the Wimbledon quarterfinals a month ago.

In this case, fighting, not giving up, never worked for Medvedev on his favorite cement. The Russian, a finalist this year at the Australian Open, beat the Polish 2-6, 7-6 (6) and 7-6 (5) in a great battle on center court. Thus, the winner reached 35 victories so far in 2021.

A three-time Masters 1000 champion and a finalist in eastern Canada two years ago, Medvedev is going for more. On Saturday, his opponent in the semifinal will be the American John Isner (30th), who defeated the Frenchman Gael Monfils (22nd) by 7-6 (5) and 6-4 between two experienced and former Top 10 of the world. The Frenchman gave his show and there were controversies with the judges.

Early in the morning, Tsitsipas confirmed his great season. The Greek, the day after his 23rd birthday, in the week that he debuted the world ranking podium, beat Norwegian Casper Ruud (12th), also in great 2021, with partial scores of 6-1 and 6-4.

Thus, Tsitsipas quickly took revenge for the fall he suffered this year against Ruud in the round of 16 of another M1000, in Madrid, albeit on clay. The personal duel was 1-1, like Medvedev’s against Hurkacz.

On Saturday, in the semifinal, the Greek will face the American giant Reilly Opelka (32 °), 2.11 meters high, who defeated the Spanish Roberto Bautista Agut (17 °) by 6-3 and 7-6 (1 ), leaving that match tied at two wins per side.

Thus, despite the large casualties of the so-called ‘Big 3’, the Serbian Novak Djokovic, the Spanish Rafael Nadal and the Swiss Roger Federer, there are also important names in the penultimate round, hungry for glory.


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