Top-seeded Daniil Medvedev made light work of reaching the Open 13 semifinals in brushing aside fifth-seeded Jannik Sinner 6-2, 6-4 on Friday.
The imposing Russian saved the only break point he faced and broke the Italian player’s serve three times at the indoor tournament.
The Australian Open runner-up has won 21 of his last 23 matches and will climb to second in the ATP rankings next week.
“It is my first time here in the semifinals in Marseille… I was on top of the match the whole time,” Medvedev said. “Jannik always tries to hit the ball as hard as he can. You cannot give him easy balls, otherwise you are going to run all over the place and he is probably going to hit a winner.”
When the two-time Grand Slam runner-up climbs to No. 2 on Monday, he will be the first outside the Big Four of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray to do so since Nadal in July 2005.
Medvedev is chasing a 10th career title and next faces qualifier Matthew Ebden, who at No. 287 became the lowest-ranked semifinalist in the tournament’s 28-year history.
The Australian upset third-seeded Karen Khachanov 4-6, 6-4, 6-2, breaking the Russian four times.
Later Friday, second-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas — chasing a third straight title here — takes on Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert.
Also, fourth-seeded Ugo Humbert will play Arthur Rinderknech, a qualifier ranked 138th.