Stefanos Tsitsipas reached his second Grand Slam semi-final on Wednesday when he defeated Andrey Rublev at the French Open and avenged his loss to the rising Russian star at the Hamburg European Open in September.
Tsitsipas won 7-5, 6-2, 6-3 in one hour and 55 minutes on Court Philippe-Chatrier.
Rublev, who came into the game with a 2-1 head-to-head record against Tsitsipas, had his first blood drawn when he took the 3-2 lead in the first set after taking the No. 5 seed runaround had given with a finely controlled rally.
The 22-year-old quickly found himself 5-3 from there, but only won three of the next 17 games as Tsitsipas rallied superbly to dominate the rest of the competition.
Despite his promising start, some nerves seemed to be building for the # 13 seed as he made some casual mistakes at key moments so Tsitsipas could break him twice on the way to the first set.
Tsitsipas had grown into the match by now and showed some excellent shots along the way.
Borne by his comeback in the first set, the second was a one-sided affair in favor of the Greek as he started turning the screw.
Tsitsipas cut a formidable figure when it took just 32 minutes to dismantle Rublev 6-2, though he benefited from some luck when a netcord jump made his way at his first breakpoint.
It wasn’t long before he also took a 3-1 lead in the third breakthrough after Rublev sent a tired backhand over the baseline.
The Russian saved a match point by avoiding a second double break, but Tsitsipas soon finished the process as a deserved winner.
Fans were disappointed not to see Rublev competing again.
“Despite all the skills Rublev has … he’s not a great match player,” said one while another added, “Rublev, who doesn’t even make a set of Tsitsipas, is absolutely wild to me.”
Despite all of the skills Rublev has … he’s not a great match player yet. That match against Tsitsipas was his chance to show it. Especially when you consider that he ONLY hit him 2 weeks ago # RG20
– Swiatek Stan Account! (@missingpointpod) October 7, 2020
Rublev not even triggering Tsitsipas is absolutely wild to me
– Mr Brock (@brock_business) October 7, 2020
Others were impressed by how strong Tsitsipas looked. One fan described him as “scary good” while another said he was “Whoopin Rublev’s ass”.
Tsitsipas has been scary good since beating Munar and he’s getting better with every game I’m scared for my life for
– SalMa Magdy (@ limo251) October 7, 2020
He will face either Novak Djokovic or Pablo Carreno Busta in the semi-finals at Roland Garros.