London – Stefanos Tsitsipas qualified for the semifinals of the Masters on Wednesday in London after triumphing defending champion Alexander Zverev, while Rafael Nadal rebounded by defeating Daniil Medvedev.
The Greek, N.6 world, easily beat the German Alexander Zverev (N. 7), in two sets, 6-3, 6-2. With the win, 22-year-old Tsitsipas made it to the semifinals for his first Masters appearance, joining already-qualified Dominic Thiem (N.5).
Tsitsipas and Zverev, figureheads of the "Next Gen"and both victorious for their entry in the running, played Wednesday a match full of promises.
But like his two previous participations, in 2017 and 2018, defending champion Zverev failed to win his second pool match.
After a balanced start and high volley, both players being impeccable on their services, the first minutes of the fight did not last. Tsitsipas broke Zverev at 5-3, tipping the match and the Greek, serving for the set, quickly concluded the first run.
In the second set, despite having saved two break points, Zverev conceded his entry service, then a second at 4-1. The titleholder gradually sank, his face closed. A disenchanted look that contrasted with the conquering Tsitsipas, concentrated from end to end.
Zverev had a start, late and insufficient, winning a second and final game in the second set (5-2) before bowing to the next game.
– Nadal revives –
Earlier in the afternoon, Nadal miraculously defeated Russia's Daniil Medvedev (N.4), 6-7 (3/7), 6-3, 7-6 (7/4). Thanks to this success on the wire, the Spaniard preserves all his chances to qualify for the semi-finals and to maintain his place of world No.1 at the end of the year.
In this highly contested match, which lasted two hours and 46 minutes with two decisive games, Medvedev had the situation well in hand when he led in the final set 5 games to 1 and obtained a match point.
But the world No.1 saved her thanks to a setback of losses. The game then completely rocked and Medvedev completely liquefied.
The outcome of this crazy game was played in the decisive game, where Nadal got two match points at 6-4. The first will be the good, on a ball out of a nothing in reverse by Medvedev.
"This is one of those days where you have a 1 in 1,000 chance of winning, and this happened today", said Nadal at the end of the court.
The 23-year-old Russian, a great revelation of a 2019 year that saw him pass from 16th to 4th worldwide, will have to wait again to beat King Nadal.
In three confrontations, all this year, the "bull of Manacor"Every time, it was very easy to win in the Masters 1000 final of Canada in August, much more difficult in the US Open final in September, miraculously this Wednesday.The vice is tightening around Nadal …