The serious business starts this Saturday in Stockholm with the last four of the ATP 250. With the victory of Holger Rune in the first half, three players could still dream of succeeding Tommy Paul on the list of winners. Titled in 2018, Stefanos Tsitsipas remains the best placed to lift the trophy on Sunday and confirmed it in the semis. The #1 seed had not lost a single set to Maxime Cressy and then Mikael Ymer, he was not worried for a moment by Emil Ruusuvuori this Saturday. For his 10th semifinal of the season, the Greek won 6-2, 6-2 in 1 hour and 13 minutes and reached the final: his 24th in his career and 7th of the season.
The first semifinal promised to be electric, and it was until the end. In a duel of hitters, Holger Rune got the best of Alex De Minaur (#5) after a big fight of almost three hours. While the Australian was one tie-break away from reaching the final, the Dane was able to raise his game when needed in the last two sets to win 6-4, 7-6(1), 7-5. The 19-year-old continues to impress on indoor hard court and will play a third career final on Sunday. His first steps with Patrick Mouratoglou are successful.
“It was a great match on my side, I think I played really well,” Tsitsipas said after his win. “I was really focused, it was one of the matches where I was really in the game and I was able to produce really good tennis the whole match, pretty much. I was out there, I was very bold, I was really going for it, and that worked in my favor. I made some great memories here. 2018 was the year I got my first title here. Of course, I like the good things in the back of my head. I’ve had good interactions with the crowd, the people here are lovely and I appreciate the Swedish hospitality.”
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