Story so far: Tsitsipas books Zverev semi-final date

 - Reem Abulleil

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Stefanos Tsitsipas, Roland Garros 2021, quarter-final© Julien Crosnier/FFT

No.5 seed Stefanos Tsitsipas reached a third consecutive Grand Slam semi-final -- and fourth overall -- with an impressive 6-3, 7-6(3), 7-5 win over world No.2 Daniil Medvedev in a night-session showdown on Court Philippe-Chatrier on Tuesday.

Tsitsipas, who next takes on No.6 seed Alexander Zverev, sealed the victory by running down a Medvedev underarm serve and responding with a backhand passing shot winner on the two-hour 19-minute mark.

The 22-year-old improved to 21-3 on clay in 2021 and recorded a tour-leading 38th match-win of the season.

First RG semi for Sascha

Zverev has made it into the maiden Roland-Garros semi-final of his career with a smooth 6-4, 6-1, 6-1 victory over world No.46 Alejandro Davidovich Fokina.

The German 24-year-old wrapped up the win in a mere 96 minutes and takes a 2-5 head-to-head deficit into his clash with Tsitsipas.


Zverev is into a third career Grand Slam semi-final and has now taken sole ownership of fourth place on the list for most major semi-final appearances by a German man in the Open Era, ahead of Rainer Schuettler. He is the third German man to make the last four in Paris in the Open Era.


"Obviously it's very nice to be in the semi-final but just being here doesn't satisfy me," Zverev said on court. "I know I'm playing pretty okay, and I hope I can continue playing the same way, maybe even better in the semi-finals and then we'll see in two days' time what it holds for me."

Nastia is seventh time lucky

Russian No.31 seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova snapped her 0-6 losing record in Grand Slam quarter-finals to make the last-four of a major for the first time in her career with a 6-7(2), 6-2, 9-7 victory over her doubles partner, the No.21 seed, Elena Rybakina.

The 29-year-old, who next faces world No.85 Tamara Zidansek, fought for two hours and 33 minutes to claim the victory.

It had been 10 years since Pavlyuchenkova's sole previous appearance in the Roland-Garros quarter-finals, and she finally has her redemption.

Zidansek makes history

Earlier on Court Philippe-Chatrier, Zidansek became the first woman representing Slovenia to reach a Grand Slam semi-final with a 7-5, 4-6, 8-6 over No.33 seed Paula Badosa.

Prior to this fortnight, Zidansek had only ever won three matches in eight Grand Slam main draw appearances. She is now just two victories away from becoming a major champion.


"I'm really, really happy. Thank you for everyone who came out and supported me, thank you to my team, you're amazing. Thank you to everyone at home, I'm really, really happy I'm in the semi-finals," Zidansek said during her on-court interview.

"I knew before the match that it's going to be a tough battle. I was a set and 4-2 up, she came back, I was struggling a little bit but then in the third set I managed to get my groove and I started feeling better and better and I was fighting really well.

Zidansek hit 48 winners during the two-hour 26-minute takedown of Badosa.

Iga and Bethanie march on

She just can't stop winning! Iga Swiatek, who secured her place in the singles quarter-finals on Monday night with victory over Marta Kostyuk, continued her run in doubles alongside Bethanie Mattek-Sands as they stormed into the final four on Tuesday 6-3, 6-2 over No.11 seeds Darija Jurak and Andreja Klepac.

Last year, Swiatek clinched her maiden Grand Slam title by triumphing in Paris in singles and she also made the semi-finals in doubles partnering Nicole Melichar.

Swiatek and Mattek-Sands had saved seven match points in the third round on Sunday against top seeds Hsieh Su-Wei and Elise Mertens. Their quarter-final on Tuesday was far less taxing as they got the W in 86 minutes.

French pair set-up semi against Colombians

Home favourites and No.6 seeds Pierre Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut advanced to the doubles semi-finals with a 7-6(5), 6-1 victory over Nikola Cacic and Tomislav to book a clash with Colombian No.2 seeds Robert Farah and Juan Sebastian Cabal.

Herbert and Mahut are bidding for a second Roland-Garros crown together, having scooped the title in 2018.

Cabal and Farah are into semi-finals in Paris for the fourth time in five years, thanks to a 6-2, 6-7(3), 7-5 victory over No.9 seeds Horia Tecau and Kevin Krawietz, Krawietz who won the last two men's doubles titles at Roland-Garros with his fellow German Andreas Mies.

The Colombian duo won Wimbledon and the US Open in 2019 and are searching for their first final appearance on Parisian clay.

Robert Farah, Juan Sebastian Cabal, Roland Garros 2021, men's doubles quarter-finals© Corinne Dubreuil/FFT