Historic poker: For the first time in nine years, the top four seeded No. 1 to No. 4 in a Masters 1000 tournament are in the semi-finals. Now this particularity occurred in Cincinnati 2021, since Daniil Medvedev will play on Saturday with Andrey Rublev, while Stefanos Tsitsipas will play against Alexander Zverev. The previous opportunity took place in Shanghai in 2012.
World No. 2 Medvedev, the 2019 Cincinnati champion, crushed Spaniard Pablo Carreño Busta (12th) 6-1 double and secured the presence of a Russian in Sunday’s final, as he will face in the semifinals his compatriot Rublev, No. 7 in the ATP ranking, who beat Frenchman Benoit Paire (50th) by 6-2, 3-6 and 6-3.
In this way, Medvedev, the first seed of the US tournament, will play with Rublev, the fourth seed, in an electrifying crossover heading into the US Open.
Meanwhile, later, the other two semifinalists were defined. Tsitsipas, world No. 3, beat Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime (17th) 6-2, 5-7 and 6-1 in the quarterfinals. Thus the Greek, second seeded, will collide with the third, Zverev, in the other semi duel.
The German, No. 5 in the ranking, prevailed without extenuating against the rising Norwegian Casper Ruud (11th) by 6-1 and 6-3 in the first official duel between the two Europeans. That is why a poker of the top candidates was finalized in a Masters 1000 as it had not happened for nine seasons.
That time, in Shanghai 2012, the Swiss Roger Federer, the first seed, played a semi-final with the Scotsman Andy Murray (3rd) and the Serbian Novak Djokovic (2nd seed) met the Czech Tomas Berdych (4th).
The champion on Chinese soil was Djokovic, who after beating Berdych realized in the final of Murray, that he had just eliminated Federer. Now history repeated itself, again with four Europeans as protagonists.