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Zverev defeats Tsitsipas to create title clash with Rublev

Cincinnati, August 22 (IANS) Germany’s Alexander Zverev produced a superb comeback against Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece to extend his winning streak to 10 matches and reach the final of the Western & Southern Open here on Sunday (IST).

The German felt uncomfortable and fell over a double break of 1-4 in the third set, scratching his back to claim a 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (4) victory and creating a title clash with the world number 7, Russia’s Andrey Rublev, who recorded his first victory over compatriot Daniil Medvedev in his fifth attempt to reach his second ATP Masters 1000 final. Rublev won 2-6, 6-3, 6-3.

Zverev, champion of the Olympics in Tokyo, played unusual tennis in the first set, lowered his level significantly in the second set before finding his cruel last act. After wasting his serve in the middle of the match, Zverev slammed three aces to take a 6-5 lead in the decision and then controlled the tie-break by going five to five on the first server and sealing the win with another mini -pause.

“After the first break [to get to 2-4] “I thought I had a chance and I felt that he (Tsitsipas) did not serve bombs and that I was in the rallies,” Zverev told atptour.com. “It was a bit of the mentality I had against Novak at the Olympics.

“It’s a big rivalry, there’s a lot of fire and emotion there,” Zverev said. “And before the US Open, we would not give each other anything, which was what the match showed. It was a big match and the last matches we have played have been like that.

“I was not feeling well,” Zverev said. “In the middle of the second set, I felt low energy and my stomach was not good. I broke him at 4-2 in the third and went off the field and did mine. I started to feel better, the doctor came out and gave me some medicine, and my stomach started to calm down a bit. The energy came back, but I think it was adrenaline too. ”

The Tsitsipas, who also reached the semifinals last week in Toronto, are now heading to the US Open with a Tour-leading 48 game wins of the season.

Russia’s Andrey Rublev said after recording his first victory over compatriot Daniil Medvedev in his fifth attempt that it had given him a lot of “confidence”.

“It gives me more confidence that I can compete against him. There are still so many things to improve, but it is as if you pass the university and they give you a diploma, ”said Rublev about getting his first victory against world no. 2.

The fourth seed, who fell to Medvedev at the Australian Open in February, had not defeated the 12-time title contender in their previous four meetings. However, Rublev gathered in Ohio and struck powerful advance to defeat Medvedev in two hours and 22 minutes and improve to 1-4 in their ATP head-to-head.

“Even when I was 2-6 down, the position should not have been like that because the points were so tight,” Rublev said. “The fight was so intense, so many long rallies, super tough, super physical, super mental. Much like a chess.

“Medvedev is one of those players who will not give you a chance to attack, but if I have enough power and choose the right moment, I will be the one to make him run. In the end, I tried to find the perfect moment to start being more aggressive to open the angles, ”Rublev added.

–IANS

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