09:10 PM GMT November 08, 2018
The 2018 Next Gen ATP Finals is down to four players.
On Thursday evening, top seed Stefanos Tsitsipas continued his strong play, defeating Polish No. 1 Hubert Hurkacz 4-1, 4-3(3), 4-1 in 62 minutes. That victory set the semi-final match-ups at the Fiera Milano: Tsitsipas will face 2017 Andrey Rublev, and Group B winner Alex de Minaur will clash against Spaniard Jaume Munar.
"I'm really satisfied with this victory, he's a good player," Tsitsipas said. "I've played him in the past. I played great and clever, I'd say, from the beginning until the end of that match."
Tsitsipas has shown why he is the top seed here in Milan, winning all three of his round-robin matches to top Group A. The Greek has lost just one set all week, coming in his first match of the week against Munar.
"It feels right because I'm doing a good job, and I work hard for every match. And it feels nice, of course, to be part of this," Tsitsipas said. "I'm playing well, I'm feeling well, and I'm happy to be the star. I know there's another star which had three wins in a row in the other part of the draw. So the tournament is not over yet. There are two more matches."
Tsitsipas is referring to De Minaur, who has also lost just one set at this year's Next Gen ATP Finals.
Hurkacz appeared ready to turn the match around in the second set when he earned a mini-break to take a 2/0 lead in the tie-break. But Tsitsipas quickly reeled off seven consecutive points to regain control of the match. At that point, Hurkacz’s chances of advancing to the last four appeared bleak, needing to triumph in five sets. And Tsitsipas wasted no time, eliminating the Pole by saving all three break points he faced in the final set.
"I've improved since last year and I think I deserve that spot, to be the No. 1 seed in this tournament. But I'm going to have to stay humble and play every opponent like he's better than me. It's going to be interesting to see the results in the semi-finals and even the winner of the tournament. I'm going to do my best to play good tennis and hopefully I can be holding that trophy at the end of the tournament."