In a highlight-filled and eventful matchup on Friday on the Stockholm Open, Stefanos Tsitsipas edged dwelling favorite Mikael Ymer to achieve his second straight ATP Tour semi-final.
The Greek saved 10 of 11 break factors, together with one at 5-5 within the opening set, as he did simply sufficient to maintain the Swede’s cost at bay. Each males appeared to assault early and infrequently within the high-quality contest, combining for 57 internet approaches, with every profitable roughly two-thirds of his ventures ahead. The pair additionally mixed for 56 winners, Ymer putting 29 to his opponent’s 27.
“It was not straightforward enjoying out right here,” Tsitsipas mentioned of going through the Swede in entrance of his dwelling crowd. “I actually needed to play good tennis, give you some inventive photographs, and I am very pleased with the end result.
“I needed to actually work onerous for it. He got here very shut, getting type of a small lead, however I ended him. I used to be there, insisting, and persevered within the first set. It was such a vital second to undergo, and I did that and the remainder got here.”
After failing to serve out the opening set at 5-4, Tsitsipas took management by profitable 5 straight video games. His run started along with his gutsy maintain at 5-5 and ended with one other battling service recreation wherein he saved three break factors for 3-0 within the second. These can be the final break factors he confronted within the match as he noticed dwelling his benefit with sturdy serving.
Now 5-0 in his ATP Head2Head collection in opposition to Ymer — every win coming in straight units, together with three at Grand Slams — Tsitsipas will subsequent face Finland’s Emil Ruusuvuori, a 6-1, 6-2 winner in opposition to third seed Frances Tiafoe within the day’s last match on centre courtroom.
“I might wish to congratulate Mikael on a fantastic combat. [He’s made a] massive enchancment since final time we performed,” mentioned Tsitsipas. “I feel he is aware of higher of what he has been doing the final couple of months to get to that degree.”
A finalist two weeks in the past in Astana, the place he misplaced to Novak Djokovic, Tsitsipas is in search of his third ATP Tour title of the season following triumphs in Monte Carlo and Mallorca.