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Medvedev and Tsitsipas defuse American bombers to create Cincinnati showdown

Aug 19, 2022; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Daniil Medvedev (RUS) at the web with Taylor Fritz (USA) after their match at the Western & Southern Open at the Lindner Family Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Susan Mullane-USA TODAY Sports

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Aug 19 (Reuters) – World number 1 Daniil Medvedev and fourth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas defused big-serving American threats Taylor Fritz and John Isner on Friday to attain the semi-finals of the Cincinnati Open.

Medvedev, champion in Cincinnati in 2019, sharpened his game for his upcoming U.S. Open title defence with a 7-6 (1) 6-3 make an impression on 11th seeded Fritz, while Tsitsipas could manage just a single break chance in a three set slugfest with Isner nonetheless it was enough to clinch a 7-6 (5) 5-7 6-3 victory.

Medvedev’s win was powered by 18 aces while a misfiring Fritz, among the game’s big-hitters, had just three offset by three double-faults.

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Isner, the largest server in men’s tennis with nearly 200 more aces than his nearest rival Nick Kyrgios, also had 18 aces nonetheless it was still insufficient to place away his patient Greek opponent.

Although it looked a cushty win for Medvedev it had been not, with the Russian saving three set points in the opener before finally prevailing 7-1 in the tie-break.

In the future Medvedev took charge, grabbing the only real break of the match early in the next, and that might be all that has been necessary to advance to the final four in Cincinnati for the next consecutive year

“The initial set he was along with me a bit,” admitted Medvedev. “He previously a lot more chances than I did so on my serve, but I were able to stay static in.

“There have been some set points where I possibly could have missed no you might have discussed it, it could have already been normal.

“But I were able to stay static in the set and that helped me win the match”

Breaks were in the same way scarce in the Tsitsipas and Isner match.

After an opening set with out a single break opportunity for either player, Tsitsipas grabbed the lead taking the tie-breaker 7-5.

The initial break opportunity would finally can be found in the 11th game of the next set when Isner would want three chances to convert and have a 6-5 lead, then holding serve to send the contest to a decider.

Up 4-3 sufficient reason for Isner serving, Tsitsipas would finally get his only break chance, and he managed to get count – punching the air in delight as he watched the American’s return sail miss a 5-3 lead.

“I believe it is important with him would be to try to stay patient because you will see a whole lot situations you may not control,” said Tsitsipas, who next assumes Medvedev for an area in Sunday’s final.

“Everything came to an extremely few points by the end… I was just in a position to hang within and play yet another ball back rather than give him much to utilize.”

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Reporting by Steve Keating in Toronto. Editing by Hugh Lawson

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