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Stefanos Tsitsipas dumped out of Monte Carlo Masters by Taylor Fritz

/ 03:52 PM April 15, 2023

Tennis - ATP Masters 1000 - Monte Carlo Masters - Monte-Carlo Country Club, Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France - April 14, 2023  Taylor Fritz of the U.S. and Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas shake hands after their quarter final match REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

Monte Carlo Masters – Monte-Carlo Country Club, Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France – April 14, 2023 Taylor Fritz of the U.S. and Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas shake hands after their quarter final match REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

Champion Stefanos Tsitsipas crashed out of the Monte Carlo Masters when he slumped to a 6-2 6-4 defeat against American Taylor Fritz in the quarter-finals on Friday.

Greek second seed Tsitsipas, who triumphed at the Monte Carlo Country Club in the last two editions, was never in the mix against Fritz, who reached the last four of a Masters event for the first time.

“I just seemed off. My serve was not working very well today, and against opponents like Taylor, you have to serve well,” Tsitsipas said.

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“I was aware of that during the match. I just couldn’t find the rhythm. I am much better than this and I’m disappointed I was not able to show my game today.

“I tried to fight in the second set. It’s a good lesson. It’s not a happy day for me, but it’s a good lesson.”

Eighth-seeded Fritz raced to a 4-0 lead in the opening set, which he wrapped up by winning his service game to love.

Tennis - ATP Masters 1000 - Monte Carlo Masters - Monte-Carlo Country Club, Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France - April 14, 2023  Taylor Fritz of the U.S. celebrates winning his quarter final match against Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

ATP Masters 1000 – Monte Carlo Masters – Monte-Carlo Country Club, Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France – April 14, 2023 Taylor Fritz of the U.S. celebrates winning his quarter final match against Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

Tsitsipas improved slightly in the second set, only for Fritz to break decisively for 4-3 with a winner. He then held firm to set up a semi-final meeting with Russian Andrey Rublev, who earlier overcame some second-set nerves to dispatch German qualifier Jan-Lennard Struff with a 6-1 7-6(5) victory.

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Rublev lost the first game on his serve before bagging six in a row in a quick opening set, but Struff, the world number 100, found his stride in the second as the fifth seed showed signs of nerves.

Rublev broke for 4-3, only for Struff to break back in the following game and force a tiebreak, in which the Russian regained his composure to prevail on his second match point.

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In the other half of the draw, Denmark’s Holger Rune tormented third seed Daniil Medvedev with passing shots and drop shots to advance with a 6-3 6-4 victory.

The 19-year-old Rune, who proved a sensation at last year’s French Open when he reached the quarter-finals, dropped only six points on serve in the opening set and converted his only break chance in the second.

He will next meet Jannik Sinner, who dismantled Lorenzo Musetti 6-2 6-2 in an all-Italian clash.

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Seventh seed Sinner saved all five of the break points he faced against Musetti, who beat world number one Novak Djokovic on Thursday.

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