Stefanos Tsitsipas to face Alexander Zverev in Monte Carlo semi-finals

(Tennis news) After surviving a first set blip, Alexander Zverev broke Jannik Sinner’s resilience to win the match 5-7 6-3 7-6 and progress into the semi-finals. The German fought back twice from a break down in the third set as it went into a tiebreaker, which he won 7-5. The result means that second seeded Zverev will now face fifth rank Stefanos Tsitsipas who defeated Diego Schwartzman 6-2, 6-7, 6-4. 

The Greek tennis player easily won the first set but failed to capitalise on a 5-2 lead in the second, only to make a stunning comeback after being 4-0 down to win six games on the trot. Zverev was given a suspended eight week ban from ATP sanctioned events after being thrown out of the Acapulco Open for repeatedly hitting the umpires chair. Speaking after the match, Zverev said “It means a lot, definitely, especially (with) how this year has been going so far for me. I've lost long matches like that, so I'm happy I won this one." 

In other results, Alejandro Davidovich Fokina of Spain reached his first Masters semi-final after defeating American Taylor Fritz 2-6 6-4 6-3. The Spaniard will take on Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov who defeated Hubert Hurkacz of Poland 6-4, 3-6, 7-6. Dimitrov dropped two points in the deciding set before taking it 7-2 in the tiebreak. 

Jamie Murray and Joe Salisbury also progressed to the men’s doubles semi-final with their partners. Murray and India’s Rohan Bopanna overcame third seeds Marcel Granollers and Horacio Zeballos 7-6 (8) 7-6 (8) and will now face Salisbury and America's Rajeev Ram who won 6-4 6-3 against Tim Puetz and Michael Venus.

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