French Open tennis - 'Immense' Stefanos Tsitsipas blows away Daniil Medvedev to reach semi-finals
In what was only his second win over Russia's Daniil Medvedev in his career, Stefanos Tsitsipas put on a masterclass in an empty Court Philippe Chatrier to win through to the last four at Roland Garros. The Greek won through in straight sets, 6-3 7-6 7-5, to secure his place in the last four, where he will meet the sixth seed, Alexander Zverev, on Friday.
Highlights: Tsitsipas downs Medvedev in straight sets to reach semis
'If I lose the match now it's your fault!' - Medvedev in row with umpire over scoreboard
Tsitsipas held a one-set lead but the second was at a crucial stage at 4-4 when Medvedev twice stopped and shrugged before turning to the umpire to register his frustration. There were apparent loud noises coming from a corridor inside the stand nearby the second seed as he was trying to serve and he found it to be very distracting.
The situation was not helped, of course, by the fact that no fans are currently permitted to be inside the stadium at Roland Garros for the late evening matches. As such, the atmosphere is non-existent and noises that would not normally be heard are picked up by the players.
'Is this a Futures, or Roland Garros?' - Medvedev fumes at noises in corridor
Among other things, Medvedev was heard to say to the umpire:
Is this a Futures or Roland Garros?
Either way, eventually the umpire responded and ensured that there would not be a repeat of the distraction. "I'm making sure they have stopped," the umpire said, before appearing satisfied and saying, "Merci".
'It gets really mental out there!' - Tsitsipas on huge win over Medvedev
Tsitsipas carried on his merry way despite Medvedev breaking serve in both the second and third sets to hint at a resistance which never fully came. Ultimately, the Greek had too much for his opponent on the night.
"It was like this on the first serve. Why can't you change it? It was showing wrong. You are wrong! As you told me, I got you on this one," Medvedev ranted at the umpire.
Yeah, thanks. So you understand - it's a big mistake! It's 5-4 to him, third set. Now if I lose the match it is your fault!
'Extraordinarily good' - Tsitsipas races to opening set against Medvedev
Even on the final point, Medvedev was attempting to rattle his opponent, but Tsitsipas did not flinch when an underarm serve and charge to the net followed and he closed the match out in impressive fashion.