Tsitsipas moves into Monte Carlo semis as Davidovich limps out

Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas plays a return during his quarter final singles match against Spain’s Alejandro Davidovich Fokina on day seven of the Monte-Carlo ATP Masters Series tournament in Monaco April 16, 2021. — AFP pic
Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas plays a return during his quarter final singles match against Spain’s Alejandro Davidovich Fokina on day seven of the Monte-Carlo ATP Masters Series tournament in Monaco April 16, 2021. — AFP pic

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MONACO, April 16 — Stefanos Tsitsipas advanced to the semi-finals of the Monte Carlo Masters today when his quarter-final opponent Alejandro Davidovich withdrew after losing the first set 7-5.

Tsitsipas, the world number five, will play his sixth Masters 1000 semi-final tomorrow, and his first in the principality, against Belgian David Goffin or Englishman Dan Evans, the conqueror  of Novak Djokovic.

Struggling with an injury to his left thigh, Spaniard Davidovich tried an underarm serve when facing set point. Tsitsipas pounced to hit a winning backhand return.

Until he was hurt, Davidovich gave his Greek opponent problems.

But at 3-3, Davidovich called for the doctor to treat his left thigh. He immediately managed the first break of the match, as Tsitsipas began to show signs of irritation, to the point of receiving a warning for swearing.

Tsitsipas immediately broke back and as Davidovich struggled, broke again to end the set and the match. — AFP

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