Merciless Monfils hands Tsitsipas lesson in Sofia

Paola Ditto
Febbraio 10, 2019

Daniil and Marton played a tight match in Monte Carlo previous year and that certainly wasn't the case today, with the Russian saving two out of three break points and pushing the rival to the limits on the second serve (Fucsovics was three from 22) to create nine break chances and convert four.

"I want to be better, not everybody reaches number one, but I want to become number one", said Medvedev, who is now 16th in the ATP rankings. "I tried to dictate [the tempo] and I did my job at the end".

On the road to the glory, the third-seeded beat Robin Haase of the Netherlands 5-7, 6-2, 6-2, Martin Klizan of Slovakia 6-4, 6-1, and Gael Monfils of France 6-2, 6-4.

World number 47 Fucsovics battled past Italian giant-killer Matteo Berrettini 5-7, 7-5, 6-3 to progress to his second ATP final.

This was the case again on Sunday as Medvedev won 19 of 22 second-serve return points and broke serve four times on nine opportunities to notch a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Fucsovics. "I knew I had to fight and I'm glad it went well".

Berrettini's semi-final opponent is to be Hungarian Marton Fucsovics, who made it to the last four on his 27th birthday after fourth seed Roberto Bautista Agut, the Sofia Open victor in 2016, withdrew before the quarter-finals due to illness.

At the Open Sud de France in Montpellier, 2012 victor Tomas Berdych fought off two match points to secure a 7-6 (7-3) 6-7 (5-7) 7-5 win over Filip Krajinovic.

The two players were meeting for the first time on the ATP Tour and made it a contest to remember.

The seventh seed overcame the world number 12 Tsitsipas, in straight sets in their quarter-final that was played Friday.

The Czech's last-four opponent will be seventh seed Pierre-Hugues Herbert, who ousted Denis Shapovalov 7-5 7-6 (7-4).

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