The Greek and the Russian, symbols of the new generation, face each other this Friday in the semi-finals of Roland-Garros.
Young, slender (1.98 m for Zverev; 1.93 m for Tsitsipas), all-terrain, Stefanos Tsitsipas (n ° 5) and Alexander Zverev (n ° 6) embody the future of tennis. The Greek and the German also want to tackle the present. The semi-final, this Friday, before the clash between Rafael Nadal (n ° 3) and Novak Djokovic (n ° 1) will be worth the detour.
For the exhibition and explanation in full light of the new generation. Novak Djokovic (n ° 1) and Rafael Nadal (n ° 3) will live their 58e duel this Friday. At the start of the program, two members of the new generation will battle it out. Stefanos Tsitsipas (22 years old; seeded n ° 5) will live his 3e Grand Slam semi-final (the 2e at Roland Garros, he was stopped in straight sets last October by Novak Djokovic). He is aiming for a first major final. Alexander Zverev (24; seeded No.6) will also play his 3e major semi-final (the 1st at Roland-Garros). He played and lost the final of the US Open 2020.
For the ambitious game of Tsitsipas. “Tsitsipas is the most attacking player on clay since John McEnroe», Underlined Mats Wilander in the columns of L’Équipe. Carried by his forehand, the Greek has this rare propensity to propel himself and take possession of the net to reap the fruits of his daring. He is not afraid to provoke. Spectacular, ambitious, he was played in the semifinals of roué Daniil Medvedev (n ° 2), his pet peeve. What to sculpt his confidence.
For the new regularity of Zverev. Brilliant, precocious, expected, Alexander Zverev (4 titles in Masters 1000) was slow to confirm in Grand Slam. Semi-finalist of the Australian Open 2020, finalist of the US Open 2020, quarter-finalist of the Australian Open 2021, the German is gradually weaving the announced regularity. “Comfortable, happy“, he rocks: “In recent years, I’ve been putting too much pressure on myself. Before Medvedev and Tsitsipas arrived, we saw someone who all of a sudden was going to take over the world. This is how we saw it. I was putting pressure on my shoulders. I was not patient with myself. Now I have learned to handle the situation a little better. I am a little calmer during tournaments. The end goal has not changed.“
For history. Alexander Zverev could invite himself as the first German since Michael Stich (he lost against Evgeni Kafelnikov in 1996) in the final at Roland Garros (Boris Becker had to settle for semi-finals in 1987, 1989 and 1991). Stefanos Tsitsipas would be the first Greek in the final in Paris.
To follow two children of the ball. Between them, common Russian roots and 7 matches already played on the ATP circuit. Stefanos Tsitsipas leads the head-to-head 5-2. The only meeting on clay was won by the Greek (in the quarter-finals in Madrid in 2019). They have never faced each other in a Grand Slam. The German won the last match between them (in the final in Acapulco, last March). They are driven by the same ambition: “The Grand Slams are the tournaments we want to win the most intensely», Summarizes Zverev. “I want more», Assures Tsitsipas. The opposition promises.