Rublev and Zverev will play the final

Rublev comes back to knock down Medvedev and play the final

He had not won a set in five games, four on the ATP circuit and one on Challenger, and Andrey Rublev chose a special day to finally beat Danill Medvedev: the Cincinnati semifinals. The Russian came back against his compatriot (2-6, 6-3 and 6-3), who seemed unstoppable after being champion in Montreal and passing over McDonald, Dimitrov and Carreño at the Western & Southern Open without losing a heat and only 12 games. It will be Rublev who plays his second Masters 1,000 final. A few months ago he lost Monte Carlo against Stefanos Tsitsipas, who could be his rival in the final this Sunday (10:30 pm, Movistar Deportes), if the Greek beats German Alexander Zverev tonight.

Rublev’s was the triumph of faith against a machine that overwhelmed him in the first set and became entangled in the second as fatigue took its toll., even more so when he verified that his opponent had not given up and that he held the pull better than him. In addition, he had an incident with a camera at the back of the track that derailed him and hurt his hand. He collided with them while trying to strike back and pushed her away with his left, knocking her down along with her operator. Angry, he then kicked the lens and asked the Spanish chair umpire Nacho Forcadell to take it away, something that did not happen.

After receiving medical assistance (later he requested it, but for the right arm), he recovered and fought, but Rublev won the game and did it again in the third sleeve, when Medvedev’s mechanicsAs ugly and washed-out as it was effective, it no longer worked with its usual robotic precision. Setback for the world number two, who would have seen more closely Novak Djokovic’s one had he won the title in Ohio. He leaves the tournament without profit, in fact, he loses 640 points, and he is 1,133 behind the Serbian, champion last year. Rublev bails his seventh position and will attempt to win his first Masters 1,000.

Zverev comes back against Tsitsipas and will play the final against Rublev

Olympic champion, German Alexander Zverev, third seed, starred a surprising comeback against Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, second favorite, in the semifinal of the ATP Masters 1000 in Cincinnati, which he beat 6-4, 3-6 and 7-6 (4) to reach the grand final. The victory against Tsitsipas was the tenth consecutive for Zverev, who began to feel bad in the third set, but was able to recover and come back from an adverse 1-4 set before winning it in the tiebreaker in dominant form. In a roller coaster performance, the champion of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics jShe played exceptional tennis in the first set, lowered her level significantly in the second set before finding her final brave act. After being badly off on his serve throughout the middle of the match, Zverev hit three aces to take a 6-5 lead in the deciding set and then won the tie-break with five of five on first serves, sealing the victory with the decisive break.

Little separated the players early in the match until Zverev produced a backhand pass down the line as part of a four-point run against the Greek’s serve to claim the only break of the set. Arriving in Cincinnati, Tsitsipas in 2021 had won 96 percent of the games when serving 40/15, but this time he was unable to maintain that winning line. Zverev managed to keep the Greek tennis player trapped far behind the baseline with his dominant serve and strong groundstrokes, making it difficult for the 23-year-old to compete on his terms and change the narrative of the match.

Annoyed that Tsitsipas took an eight-minute toilet break after the first set, Zverev channeled his frustration into a service break in the first game to take more control of the match.. But when Zverev’s first serve percentage fell to just over 50 percent on set and he offered a series of forehand errors, Tsitsipas found a way forward and stepped onto the court to apply pressure while claiming consecutive breaks to advance 5 -2. At one point, he won 16 of 22 points.

In a complete reversal of how the match started, Tsitsipas dictated the game and made Zverev flee in the deciding match, claiming two breaks. But Zverev won a grueling rally with an impressive backhand winner to regain his first break 2-4, before disappearing down the tunnel with his towel. Tsitsipas served for the match at 5-4, but was unable to close it out as Zverev showed great stamina despite battling what appeared to be an upset stomach.

“I didn’t feel good,” Zverev admitted. “In the middle of the second set I felt low energy and my stomach was not well. I broke him at 4-2 in the third set and went off the court and did my thing. 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 returned, but I think it was also adrenaline. “

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