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Cincinnati Masters: Stefanos Tsitsipas Defeats Daniil Medvedev to Book Finals

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World No. 1 Daniil Medvedev committed 11 double faults in Sunday’s ATP and WTA Cincinnati Masters semifinal loss to Stefanos Tsitsipas 7-6 (8/6) 3-6 6-3. did. Medvedev doubled his fault four times in his game in the sixth of the final set, leading the Greek opponent to his 4-2 lead and helping to seal his own fate. . Tsitsipas will face Croatia’s Borna Coric on Sunday. Borna Coric returned to her first ATP Masters final in four years with her 6-3 6-4 win over British Cameron Norrie.

Tsitsipas only won for the third time after losing seven matches against Medvedev, defeating the current No. 1 player for the second time in 12 career attempts.

The 4th seed sent the winner into the first corner of three match points to advance to the final.

“I knew he had a tough job in the third set,” Tsitsipas said. “He played a very physical, very demanding match.

“But I took advantage of him missing the first service. They gave me time to think clearly about my next move. I was very calm and focused on all tasks. was doing.”

Coric, ranked 152nd in the world, had just returned to the tour in March after missing a year with a shoulder problem, but was delayed several hours by rain in the afternoon and advanced to 91 minutes.

“It’s been a long day. I didn’t expect to play in the evening,” said Coric. “It was a crazy day, but it ended very well.”

Coric is the second-lowest rated finalist since the rankings began in 1973, set by No. 191 Andrey Pavel, who played for the French Open title in 2003.

After a slow start marred by 14 unforced errors in his first six games, Coric settled down to take his tennis to the next level.

The Croatian, who lost to Novak Djokovic in the 2018 Masters final in Shanghai, limited Norrie to nine winners with 17 or more and 24 unforced errors.

“I played very well, but I wasn’t there in the beginning,” Coric said. “After that, I found my rhythm and started serving better. That was the key to the match.”

-Kvitova vs Garcia-

In the women’s semi-final, French qualifier Caroline Garcia survived two rainbreaks to beat Alina Sabalenka 6-2, 4-6, 6-1 to reach the final.

Garcia scored a 6-7 (6/8) 6-4 6-3 comeback victory over American Madison Keys on Sunday against Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic.

Garcia is the first qualifier to reach a championship match in a Masters Tournament.

Kvitova, a two-time Wimbledon champion who played in the semi-finals in 2012 and 2018, will seek her 30th career title in her first Cincinnati final.

Garcia kept sixth seed Sabalenka under control in a contest that was hit by inclement weather for a total of four hours. She broke six times in a match that consisted of her two hours of actual play.

“What a day,” said Garcia, number 35. “I was thrilled to make it to the semi-finals last night.

“Arena is a very fast, very strong opponent. We have had a lot of very tough rallies and severe weather. has done it.”

The pair returned after a second suspension and played three more games as Garcia emerged victorious.

“Nobody expected this to happen,” she said. “I feel great. It’s been a long journey in Cincinnati. I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished and happy to be in the final.”

Kvitova, 32, took 2 hours and 20 minutes to beat Keys.

“It was an unbelievable match. I thought it would be tough, but it wasn’t this tough,” said Kvitova. “It was emotional at the end. The match was very tough mentally.”

With 24 winners and 16 unforced errors, he returned to the top 20 ranking.


“I don’t know how I got back,” Kvitova said. “At first I lost serve with three double faults, which wasn’t very good.”

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