Wednesday, 07 October 2020 18:23

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Greek fifth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas reached his first French Open semi-final with a commanding straight-set victory over Andrey Rublev.

Both players competed fiercely in the opening stages but pressure seemed to get the better of the Russian 13th seed when he served for the first set.

Tsitsipas, 22, took advantage to turn the tide and earn a 7-5 6-2 6-3 win.

He will play top seed Novak Djokovic or 17th seed Pablo Carreno Busta for a place in Sunday's final in Paris.

Meanwhile Petra Kvitova reached the French Open semi-finals for the first time since 2012 as an emotional run continued with victory over Germany's Laura Siegemund.

The Czech seventh seed maintained her record of not dropping a set at Roland Garros this year with a 6-3 6-3 win.

Two-time Wimbledon champion Kvitova, 30, is bidding for a first Grand Slam title since returning from a career-threatening knife attack in 2016.

She will face American Sofia Kenin for a spot in Saturday's final.

Australian Open champion Kenin progressed 6-4 4-6 6-0 against compatriot Danielle Collins, after the world number 57 needed treatment in the deciding set.