Stefanos Tsitsipas defeated Daniil Medvedev 6-3 6-7(11-13) 7-6(7-1) during their ATP Finals match on Wednesday to stay alive in the group stage and eliminate Medvedev from compete for a spot in the semifinals. . With his victory, Tsitsipas also made Novak Djokovic the winner of the Red Group, while the Greek star will now take on Andrey Rublev on Friday with second place in the semi-finals on the line.
Medvedev and Tsitsipas were playing for redemption in Turin after losing their opening group matches on Monday, with both men at risk of being knocked out of semi-final contention depending on the outcome of their 11th career meeting. The Russian led their head-to-head by seven wins against three losses, but the second seed had won their most recent meeting in Cincinnati, setting the stage for a dramatic showdown.
It was the Greek player who started strong, breaking Medvedev during the world number 5’s opening service game to take a 3-0 lead. And the early break proved crucial as both men continued to trade serves without even reaching another set of deuce before Tsitsipas took the first set 6-3 in 33 minutes.
The pair continued their routine serve until the second set reached a tiebreaker with both men seeing nearly identical serve stats as Medvedev raised his level after losing the opening set. And it was the fourth seed who got the opening mini-break when Tsitsipas simply couldn’t get the ball over the net on an unfortunate net lace, but Medvedev blew his lead after hitting a long forehand for the second seed to hit. re-leveled at 4-4. before making another mistake to give Tsitsipas an advantage, looking at his box in bewilderment.
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It was the 24-year-old’s turn to send the ball away to give away another mini-break and he was unable to capitalize on three match points as Medvedev saved the third after an incredible exchange, bringing the crowd to their feet before stealing the second set 7 -6 (13-11) to stay alive in what was the third longest tiebreaker in ATP Finals history.
There were more routine holds to start the final set until Tsitsipas made two straight errors to break serve and go 3-4 down. He was able to carve out a break point in the next game, but the Russian sent an ace up the court to stay alive and moved within a game of the match at 5-3 after coming close to elimination in the tiebreaker while serving for The match at 5-4, Medvedev suddenly committed two double faults followed by a series of serve-breaking errors before the match reached a tiebreaker in the final set.
Tsitsipas was handed an immediate mini-break when Medvedev sent the ball wide, and the world number 5 was unable to get a drop shot over the net to give the 24-year-old a 3-0 lead. The second seed suddenly found himself down to six more match points, exactly 57 minutes after winning the first, as Medvedev kept making mistakes, but the Russian saved him again. With his fifth own service match point, Tsitsipas finally cruised to a three-set victory in two hours and 21 minutes to move within one win of the semifinal.
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