Stefanos Tsitsipas weathers John Isner Storm, continues Medvedev SF | ATP Tour

Stefanos Tsitsipas reached his third consecutive year Western & Southern Open Semi-finals on Friday, enduring John Isner 7-6(5), 5-7, 6-3 to set up a popcorn duel against world No. 1 Daniel Medvedev.

In a rain-disrupted duel, the Greek weathered a storm on the court as he blunted the American’s hard-hitting play with heavy topspin while clinically using his only break chance in the third set to advance after two hours and 22 minutes in Cincinnati.

“Coming into the match, I knew it was never easy to play against him,” Tsitsipas said in his on-pitch interview. “You have to deal with a lot of different variations of the game and I think the most important thing is to be patient because there are a lot of situations that you can’t really control. I tried that today.

“Everything came [down] on a few points at the end of that set and I was able to just hold on and take another ball back without giving him much work.

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With his 45th win of the season at tour level, the 24-year-old improved his record in the ATP Head2Head series against Isner to 5: 2. He will look to reach his first final at the hard-court event when he takes on Medvedev in a difficult test on Saturday, with the top seed leading the Greek 7-2 in his ATP Head2Head series.

“I’ll have to play my game,” said Tsitsipas, looking ahead to his match against Medvedev. “I’ve played well so far. Of course, an obstacle like Daniil is never easy. I will try to approach my game as precisely and optimally as possible and let my tennis do the talking.”

Tsitsipas has had strong results in ATP Masters 1000 events this season, retaining his title in Monte Carlo before reaching the semifinals in Madrid and the league match in Rome.


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In a hard-fought first set, both gave little on serve, meaning a tie-break remained to decide the opener. While Tsitsipas led 4/3, rain briefly forced the players off the pitch. When they came back, the Greek got involved to seal the set.

Isner refused to walk away in set number two and was rewarded for his aggressive return in game 11 as he took the lead before recovering from 0/30 to finish the set.

In a tight third set, it was Tsitsipas who found an extra gear. The fourth seed grabbed his only break point of the game to go 5-3 up, then showed mental toughness to hold from 0/30 and triumph.

Tsitsipas tried to kick and attack inside the baseline for much of the game. As shown in his INSIGHTS: Conversion scoreThe Greek (76 percent) had a slightly higher success rate than Isner (72 percent) in the forward gear, which was key to his victory.

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Isner, who advanced to the finals in Cincinnati in 2013, was edgy Benjamin Bonzi, Hubert Hurkacz and Sebastian Korda in straight sets earlier this week to reach his first Masters 1000 quarterfinal of the season.

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Tsitsipas holds a 7-1 record against the Americans this season, with his only defeat Jenson Brooksby in Indian Wells.

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