The semi-finals of the men’s table in Cincinnati saw the outsiders, in view of their respective rankings, thwart the forecasts, on the night of Saturday to Sunday. Borna Coric, 152nd at ATP, first clearly dominated Cameron Norrie, 11th (6-3, 6-4) then Stefanos Tsitsipas, 7th, brought down world number 1, Daniil Medvedev (7-6 3-6, 6-3).
Moved to the Grandstand following the long rain breaks which turned the day’s program upside down, the meeting between Coric and Norrie saw the Croatian win quite easily. A few days after eliminating Rafael Nadal (7-6 4-6, 6-3), the 25-year-old player thus becomes the worst ranked in history to reach the final in Ohio.
“When I fell back to 200th in the world, I knew I had to work three times harder than before and that’s what I did”
“I’ve worked really, really hard over the past six months.he commented. When I fell back to the 200th place in the world (278th at the lowest last May), I knew I had to work three times harder than before and I did. I stayed calm even when I was losing and not playing good tennis. There were times when it was really not good, you know… That was the key. And, besides that, you have to have a little luck. But luck happens. That’s what I did this week. »
Stefanos Tsitsipas. (D. Kirouac/Sports Press)
On the central, Tsitsipas for his part eliminated Medvedev in a match marked by the breakdown of service from the Russian who only passed 49% of first serves and managed two tiny aces for … eleven double faults! One of them cost him the decisive break at 3-2 in the third set.
“I had taken him where I wanted, with a lot of rallies, great physical effort. I knew it was my chance and I took it.
“He got tense on serve, he didn’t go through a lot of firsts and he gave me a few double faults late in the third set.confirmed the Greek who won for the third time in ten confrontations against Medvedev. I felt like the ball wasn’t coming out of his racket well, like he was trying to hit too hard. That’s when I realized that I had brought him where I wanted, with a lot of rallies, great physical effort. I knew it was my chance and I took it. »
In the wake of his qualification, Tsitsipas withdrew from the doubles semi-final which he was to play with Holger Rune after his singles. The singles final between the 7th in the world and Coric will start at 10:30 p.m. French time, if the weather is not too capricious.