Two sets of high-quality tennis — both won by Tsitsipas — bookended a bizarre middle stanza in which both men lost focus for alternating stretches. The Greek saved a set point in the first-set tie-break as he won its final three points to lead, but quickly fell behind 0-5 in the second thanks to some untimely double faults.
He avoided the bagel and then some, getting to 0/40 as Medvedev served at 5-3, but could not convert and instead took his momentum into the final set.
Tsitsipas claimed the lone break point of the final set in its sixth game, courtesy of a Medvedev double fault, and cooly served out the match to love with the help of strong net play — a formula he used to great effect throughout the two-hour, 23-minute match.
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