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Alexander Zverev to meet Stefanos Tsitsipas in Monte Carlo semi-final after pair survive quarter-final scares | Tennis News


Novak Djokovic’s winner, Spaniard Alejandro Davidovich Fokina, reached his first Masters semi-final beating American Taylor Fritz 2-6 6-4 6-3; he will face Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov in Saturday’s other semi-final after beating Hubert Hurkacz of Poland 6-4, 3-6, 7-6

Last update: 04/15/22 11:34 p.m.

Alexander Zverev came back from a set to beat Jannik Sinner and reach the semi-finals of the Monte Carlo Masters

Alexander Zverev survived a first-set blip to break Jannik Sinner’s resilience and reach the Monte-Carlo Masters semi-finals with an epic 5-7 6-3 7-6 win on Friday.

Sinner overcame an early break to win the first set, and Zverev repaid the favor in the second. Zverev then hit back twice after breaking down in the third set as he headed for a tiebreaker, which he eventually won 7-5.

Second-seeded Zverev will now face defending champion Stefanos Tsitsipas in the semi-finals on Saturday after the fifth-seeded Greek defeated Diego Schwartzman 6-2, 6-7, 6-4.

Stefanos Tsitsipas won six straight to close the third set and clinch a place in the semi-finals

Stefanos Tsitsipas won six straight to close the third set and clinch a place in the semi-finals

Tsitsipas came through the first set, but squandered a 5-2 lead in the second. He then had to recover from 4-0 down in the decider, winning six games on the trot as he eventually served the match.

Zverev was given an eight-week suspended ban from ATP-sanctioned events last month after he was expelled from the Acapulco Open for repeatedly hitting the referee’s chair with his racket at the end of a doubles match.

Zverev, quoted by the ATP Tour website, said: “It means a lot, definitely, especially (with) how this year has gone so far for me. I’ve lost long matches like this, so I’m happy to have won this one.”

Earlier, Novak Djokovic’s winner, Spaniard Alejandro Davidovich Fokina, reached his first Masters semi-final beating American Taylor Fritz 2-6 6-4 6-3.

He will face Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov in Saturday’s other semi-final after beating Hubert Hurkacz of Poland 6-4, 3-6, 7-6. The unranked Bulgarian lost two match points in the deciding set before taking it 7-2 in a tiebreaker.

Elsewhere, Britons Jamie Murray and Joe Salisbury both qualified for the men’s doubles semi-finals with their respective partners.

Murray and Indian Rohan Bopanna beat third seeds Marcel Granollers and Horacio Zeballos 7-6(8) 7-6(8) to set up a last-four clash with top seeds Salisbury and the American Rajeev Ram, who won 6-4 6-3 over Tim Puetz and Michael Venus.

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