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Tsitsipas beats Sinner in the semis and will have a chance to win his third Monte Carlo title

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Tsitsipas beats Sinner in the semis and will have a chance to win his third Monte Carlo title

MONACO (AP) — Stefanos Tsitsipas stays on course to win his third title in Monte Carlo by beating an unbeatable Jannik Sinner 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 on Saturday in the semifinals and making the Open champion Australia suffered only its second defeat of the season.

The Greek will now face the winner of the other semifinal between first seed Novak Djokovic and Casper Ruud (8), who is a two-time French Open finalist.

Sinner, who already has three titles this year, remained in control at the beginning of the decisive set and went up 4-3 with his serve.

But at that moment he called for a medical timeout and a trainer massaged his right knee and thigh. Although Sinner joked with the coach, the situation became serious in the next game. Tsitsipas broke his serve on the fifth attempt to tie the score.

Sinner limped a bit at the end of the next game and pulled the hamstring in his left leg before getting massages on both legs. His movement was restricted in the deciding game and Tsitsipas won on the first match point.

The American actress Zendaya, the British Josh O’Connor and other members of the tennis film “Challengers” were present at the sunny Monte Carlo Country Club. Italian fans crossed the border and made Sinner feel at home, but Tsitsipas still had great support after winning the 2021 and 2022 editions.

Tsitsipas broke Sinner’s serve and held a 3-1 lead in the first set. The intensity level of both increased in the second set and the ninth game lasted 13 minutes in which Sinner saved five break points to tie the duel.

He then broke Tsitsipas in the first game of the third set. At this point it seemed imminent that the Italian would advance to another final.

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Sinner, 22, was enjoying himself and smiled at his coaching team after winning a puta with an audacious dropshot in the fifth game.

But Tsitsipas, who faced Djokovic in a five-set final at France 2021, showed his trademark resilience to come out on top when Sinner began to fade.

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