Tsitsipas moves to Monte-Carlo Masters semifinal after Davidovich Fokina retires
It was a decent match from Tsitsipas at times but the Greek did not play his best today and it did not matter as Fokina retired due to an injury.
We only got to see one set which was won by Tsitsipas 7-5 when Davidovich Fokina retired from the match due to a leg injury. It lasted 59 minutes and for the first half of that hour, it was a very good match. Tsitsipas came out solid serving well and hitting some nice winners as well. Davidovich Fokina responded well but a few erratic mistakes cost him an early break.
At 3-3, the Spaniard called for the doctor and explained to him that he was feeling pain in his upper leg from the moment he stepped onto the court. It got worse over the course of the first six games so he called for an MTO. He received a massage and actually broke Tsitsipas in the game after to take the 4-3 lead.
He called for another MTO and after it, he came out flat in the game losing it without winning a single point. The match continued for 4 more games and after Tsitsipas clinched the first set 7-5, Davidovich Fokina retired from the match. It was an unfortunate thing for the Spaniard who at times looked like the better player today despite the injury.
For Tsitsipas this is the first semifinal at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters and after the match, he wrote on the camera: "Live for moments that make you come alive" so it seems he is enjoying this run so far.