Stefanos Tsitsipas took his revenge. And in a very beautiful way. Defeated ten days ago in the final of the Hamburg tournament by Andrey Rublev, the Greek delivered a large part in the quarterfinals to win this time against the Russian, in three sets and 1h55 of play (7-5, 6 -2, 6-3). After this game of great serenity, he is about to play a shock that promises in the semi-final against Novak Djokovic, unless Pablo Carreño Busta creates a surprise in the last quarter-final.
Impressive Tsitsipas. The number 5 seed, who had started his fortnight at the French Open, like his opponent of the day, by a match won in five rounds after being led 2 sets to nothing, has since delivered recital on recital. Well physically, in his game, but especially accompanied by an iron mind, the 6th in the world delivered a complete match to climb into the last four of this Roland Garros.
A complete game that destroyed Rublev
Yet the Greek could have panicked, when he was broken first in this game by an opponent he had lost in their last two confrontations, including this not-so-distant final.
But not at all, since the Athenian gradually blew up an Andrey Rublev, one of his great rivals from the “Next Gen”, who had also achieved a good run since his complicated entry into the running. First caught in their baseline duel, the sixth player in the ATP rankings first took advantage of a huge air hole from the number 13 seed, who collapsed in the service for the gain of the first set, before giving in.
Rublev was also jostled by a player who took him out of his comfort zone, and who often made him leave his baseline, to catch him in passing or push him to foul in the court. The Russian’s starving success rate at the net (only 6 points out of 17) indicates the progress he still has to make on this surface. Wracked by the variations of its opponent, author of big mistakes, it did not see the light of day in a one-sided second act.
First half at Roland for Tsitsipas
Where Stefanos Tsitsipas can feed his ambitions is that he has also continuously given a big rhythm to his opponent, never releasing his foot on the accelerator and missing very little (17 unforced errors for the Greek).
The areas found by his forehands ended up making Rublev crack again, in distress at the end of the match where he saved a double break point then a match point before yielding, helplessly, on the service of Tsitsipas, a another point of great satisfaction for Tsitsipas during this quarter.
Back in the last four of a Major tournament for the first time since the Australian Open in 2019, the 22-year-old will now try to reach a milestone. And his possible match against the world number 1 is already salivating.