Stefanos Tsitsipas (6th) joined Grigor Dimitrov (17th) in the semi-finals of the Masters 1000 in Paris after his 6-3, 6-4 victory at the expense of Karen Khachanov (15th) on Friday. The Greek, already a semi-finalist in the Parisian arena a year ago (beaten by Djokovic), has known since the day before that his qualification for the Masters which brings together the eight best players of the season in Turin (Italy) in mid-November is ratified. He made it to the final four without losing a set along the way. “My game reached an interesting level today (Friday), better than in recent days,” said Tsitsipas.
Grigor Dimitrov disposed of Hubert Hurkacz (11th) 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 earlier in the afternoon, thwarting the Pole's last hopes of qualifying for the Masters, nevertheless in a good position to be the first substitute. Only two of the eight sesames remain to be awarded.
Alexander Zverev and Holger Rune, opposed to Djokovic in the evening in a remake of the 2022 final which he ended up winning, are for the moment best placed to pocket them. Tsitsipas, 25 years old and double Grand Slam finalist (Roland-Garros 2021 and Australian Open 2023), pocketed the 300th victory of his career on the ATP circuit on Friday.