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Tsitsipas moves into Monte Carlo semis as opponent limps out

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Stefanos Tsitsipas. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
Stefanos Tsitsipas. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

Stefanos Tsitsipas advanced to the semi-finals of the Monte Carlo Masters on Friday when his quarter-final opponent Alejandro Davidovich Fokina withdrew after losing the first set 7-5.

Tsitsipas, the world number five, will play his sixth Masters 1000 semi-final on Saturday, and his first in the principality, against Belgian David Goffin or Englishman Dan Evans, the conqueror of Novak Djokovic.

Struggling with an injury to his left thigh, Spaniard Davidovich Fokina tried an underarm serve when facing set point. Tsitsipas pounced to hit a winning backhand return.

Until he was hurt, Davidovich Fokina gave his Greek opponent problems.

But at 3-3, Davidovich Fokina called for the doctor to treat his left thigh. He immediately managed the first break of the match, as Tsitsipas began to show signs of irritation, to the point of receiving a warning for swearing.

Tsitsipas immediately broke back and as Davidovich Fokina struggled, broke again to end the set and the match.

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