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Tsitsipas Downs Medvedev to Host Coric Clash in Cincinnati Finals

1 Fourth-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas edged world number one Daniil Medvedev 7-6(6) 3-6 6-3 in a thrilling semi-final at the Cincinnati Open on Saturday.

2 Tsitsipas has now set up a top-flight clash with Borna Coric following the Croatian’s 6-3 6-4 victory over Cameron Norrie.

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3 Tsitsipas saved a set point in the opening tie-break to take the lead but collapsed in stunning fashion in the second set, falling 5-0 before narrowly avoiding a bagel.

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4 But the Greek, who had just two wins in nine appearances against Medvedev before the encounter, raised his game in the decider and beat U.

5 S. Open champion at 3-2 before comfortably serving the match with exquisite net play.

6 “I felt like the ball wasn’t really flying out of his racket,” Tsitsipas, who later retired from the doubles semi-finals alongside Holger Rune, told reporters.

seven “I felt like he was trying too hard, and that’s when I knew I pushed him there, and that’s something I’ve done on many consecutive rallies. , with a lot of physical effort.

8 I knew this was my chance to go strike.

Sunday will be Tsitsipas’ first final appearance in Cincinnati and his fifth overall in 2022.
“I prepared for it,” said the former Roland Garros runner-up.

ten “I know it’s not an easy task to play against him.

11 You know, he’s coming back from an injury, he’s playing very good tennis and he’s going to work very hard for it.

Coric reached his second ATP Masters 1000 final – and first since undergoing shoulder surgery last year – with an impressive performance against Norrie, who offered little resistance against heavy hitting of his opponent from the baseline.

13 Britain’s ninth seed Norrie started brightly and took a 3-1 lead before Coric found his stride to win five straight and secure the first set.

14 “It was a very tough day, a very long day too,” Coric said after both men’s semi-finals were delayed due to rain.

15 “At the start, I wasn’t there, I didn’t feel the ball very well.

16 Then I found my rhythm.

I started to serve better, I started to play a lot better and I think that was the key to the game.

Coric, who hit 22 winners in all, kept his momentum going in the second set, picking up eight straight points to take a 4-2 lead before closing the match to set up a third career meeting with Tsitsipas.

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