Hamburg European Open seeds Andrey Rublev and Stefanos Tsitsipas wasted little time in advancing into the final four with a pair of straight sets victories on Friday.
Rublev, the tournament No. 5, pounded 30 winners – 28 off the forehand side – in a 6-2, 7-6 win over solid Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut; second seed Tsitsipas beat Serb Dusan Lajovic 7-6(5), 6-2.
Rublev, 2019 runner-up in the northern German port city, took 91 minutes to advance.past the fourth-seeded Bautista Agut.
“He is one of the most consistent players on Tour, it’s really tough to beat him,” the Russian winner said. “You need to play at an amazing level and be really fit. He never gives you an easy match.
“I’m really pleased, there were long games and I was happy to get through the second set.”
Rublev will be playing in the fourth clay-court ATP semi of his career.
Tsitsipas is keeping his focus on the here and now and said he is not worried about that could be a last-minute arrival in paris for the French Open – whose opening day on Sunday conflicts with the Hamburg final.
“Right now I am not thinking of what will happen next week,” the sixth-ranked Greek said. I want to enjoy the moment, to play good tennis.
“I’m focused on what is going on here in Hamburg and I feel great, so I am not worried about anything to do with Paris.”
The winner came from 3-5 down in the tiebreak of a first set lasting for almost one hour to establish his hold on the match, wrapping it up in 98 minutes.
“It was a perfect day, sunny, good people, good atmosphere and good clay,” he said. “Dusan is a difficult opponent on clay, with a lot of spin and variation in his shots.
“I think I had to do something extra for the victory today. I will keep working hard.”
Tsitsipas took a 3-1 lead in the second set on his way to the win, taking three match points to go through.for his 21st victory of the COVID-affected season.