World No. 5 Stefanos Tsitsipas saw his hopes for a third successive ATP title from Marseille dashed.© UKTN
Greek world number five Stefanos Tsitsipas saw his hopes for a third consecutive title over Marseille ATP dashed by Pierre-Hugues Herbert, 93rd, in the quarterfinals on Friday. Herbert, better known as a doubles specialist, defeated Australian Open semi-finalist Tsitsipas 6-7 (6/8), 6-4, 6-2. The 29-year-old will then face his French compatriot Ugo Humbert who eliminated his compatriot Arthur Rinderknech 4-6, 7-5, 7-6 (7/4). “It’s amazing, this is my first win against a top five,” said Herbert. “I knew I would have to play a great game to win and that’s what I did.”
Seeded Daniil Medvedev, who will replace Rafael Nadal as world number two on Monday, took a 6-2, 6-4 victory over 19-year-old Jannik Sinner of Italy.
Medvedev, who has nine career titles, is in his first semi-final in Marseille, after falling in the quarter-finals in 2017 and 2020.
“Jannik always tries to hit the ball as hard as possible,” Medvedev told atptour.com.
“You can’t give him easy balls or else you’re going to run around and he’ll probably hit a winner.”
On Saturday, Medvedev will face Australian qualifier Mattew Ebden for a place in the final.
World number 287 Ebden upset 2018 champion Karen Khachanov of Russia 4-6, 6-4, 6-2.
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