World No. 1 Daniil Medvedev removed from his path another obstacle at the Masters in Cincinnati – American Taylor Fritz, disappointing the wildly supportive crowd of his favorite.
The Russian won 7:6, 6:3 and is in the semifinals, where his old irritant and open enemy on the court Stefanos Tsitsipas is waiting for him. The Greek star survived John Isner’s bombardment (with 18 consecutive aces and a bunch of service rockets) – 7:6, 5:7, 6:3.
Medvedev and Tsitsipas is an old story, already 4 years old after a collision on the court in Miami, again at a Masters series tournament.
Then Daniil got angry, which doesn’t happen often, even though he won the match. He accused Stephanos of what more than one competitor has since blamed him for – the long bathroom breaks where Tsitsipas is supposed to be taking a break but is also being instructed. The Greek then called Medvedev a “fucking Russian”, which so annoyed the rival that he called on him to fight like men.
And just when we thought the two were experienced and mature enough to overcome the conflict, Medvedev said earlier this year, before their meeting at the Australian open, that he “can’t hate someone he doesn’t take seriously”.
Now they will meet again in Cincinnati, and the balance of their meetings so far is 7-2 wins for the Russian.
The other pair will be Cameron Norrie – Borna Coric.
The Brit stopped Carlos Alcaraz in the match of the tournament, which lasted over three hours – 7:6, 6:7, 6:4. At the end, the young Spaniard seemed to have no strength, and he is considered to be one of the best conditioned players on the tour. However, the left-handed Nori showed great class and once again made it clear that his success in the last 12 months, the Wimbledon final and his ranking (#11) were no coincidence.
Coric is the sensation of the tournament. He eliminated Rafael Nadal, then sent home Roberto Bautista Agut, and this morning Felix Auger Aliassime, the world No.9. And the Croatian entered the race in Cincinnati ranked #152.
Medvedev and Tsitsipas will play at 10 p.m. today, and after 3 a.m. the second semi-final begins. Both will be broadcast on MAX Sport 1 HD.