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Rublev overcomes Tsitsipas to reach semis at ATP Finals

Russia’s Andrey Rublev rallied to upset second-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece and reach the ultimate 4 of the ATP Finals on Friday in Turin, Italy.

Rublev received 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 to reach the semifinals for the primary time. He will face third-seeded Casper Ruud of Norway on Saturday.

Novak Djokovic performs Taylor Fritz of the United States within the different semifinal. The five-time champion could have to get better swiftly after a grueling lifeless rubber victory over Daniil Medvedev that lasted greater than three hours.

“On the bodily aspect, I’m not fearful as a result of . . . fear simply depletes you of the important power you want,” Djokovic mentioned. “If one thing occurs tomorrow in a superb or dangerous manner, it occurs, and I’ve to take care of it then.

“I’m going to do all the pieces I probably can as we speak with my physio, with myself, with my workforce so as to get the nice relaxation, the nice restoration . . . I’ve had many instances in my life earlier than the place I managed to get better in a short time. Hopefully that is going to be the case once more.”

Djokovic is aiming to equal Roger Federer’s document six titles at the elite, season-ending occasion. Djokovic’s final title was in 2015.

With a win and a loss apiece within the group, it was a winner-takes-all match for Rublev and Tsitsipas.

Rublev threw his racket down in frustration after shedding a sport on his serve early within the opening set. But he was all smiles at the top as he crouched down seemingly in disbelief when Tsitsipas hit a return into the online to hand him the match.

“I did not quit. I saved combating and enjoying,” Rublev mentioned. “I misplaced my feelings a bit once I misplaced a silly sport at 40-0 within the first set.

“But then I simply saved combating. I assumed I might have possibilities if I simply gave my greatest. I managed to flip the match round and I’m completely satisfied to be within the semis.”

After beginning robust, Tsitsipas light and made errors together with a double fault within the penultimate sport to give Rublev his second break of the ultimate set and go away him serving for the match.

Djokovic stays undefeated

Earlier, Djokovic clearly pushed himself to the boundaries as he beat the already-eliminated Medvedev to keep his excellent document within the event.

Though he was already by way of to the semifinals, Djokovic was enjoying for delight and rating factors, plus the possibility to earn $4.7 million US if he wins the trophy undefeated in Turin.

He was visibly shaking throughout changeovers within the third set as he battled to win 6-3, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (2).

Medvedev broke within the ninth sport of the deciding set to go away him serving for the match however Djokovic broke straight again and went on take the tiebreaker.

“I do not suppose {that a} restrict exists,” Djokovic mentioned. “It’s actually in your head. It’s actually about perspective and strategy and your notion of the way you see issues in that given moment.

“Of course, if you’re going by way of bodily struggles, it impacts the sport, it impacts how you are feeling mentally, it impacts your physique language. But I believe the most important battle, as I’ve mentioned earlier than, is at all times the internal battle.”

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