After a standoff of more than three hours, Stefanos Tsitsipas ignored the return of Alexander Zverev to two sets everywhere to become the first Greek player to qualify for the final at Roland Garros.
Stefanos Tsitsipas is writing a page in the history of Greek tennis. In the aftermath of Maria Sakkari’s failure in the female table, the world number 5 qualified for his first Grand Slam final, the first at the French Open for a representative of his country, at the expense of a valiant Alexander Zverev. A meeting that Stefanos Tsitsipas was able to take from the right end with the break achieved from the German’s first service game. From there, both players were unfazed about their respective face-offs and, after 38 minutes of play, the number 5 seed of Roland-Garros took the ascendancy.
Back to the wall, Alexander Zverev had to react and he did. The world number 6 responded to his opponent by breaking him from the start to lead three games to nothing. But, since then, the German has totally lost his tennis against an opponent who has raised his own very clearly. The result was a series of six games won consecutively by Stefanos Tsitsipas who then moved closer to a set from the final. But, like his first round against his compatriot Oscar Otte, Alexander Zverev never completely deprived himself and always believed in a second Grand Slam final after the duel against Dominic Thiem at the last US Open.
Pushed to five sets
From the third game of the third round, the world number 6 widened the gap by taking the service of the Greek to lead three games to one. Alexander Zverev then experienced only one alert with a debreak ball for Stefanos Tsitsipas in the sixth game. It was finally on a shutout that the German closed the gap in this semi-final which was far from over.. Indeed, Alexander Zverev did not wait to take advantage of a little excitement from the Greek. From the first game, the German took the service of his opponent with his first break point. However, this occasion was the only one of the whole round. Unable to put the number 6 seed in difficulty, Stefanos Tsitsipas had to resolve to be taken in five heats for the first time in the fortnight.
On his momentum, Alexander Zverev got three break points in the first game of the last set, which could drag on in the absence of a decisive game. But these three missed opportunities, the German will be able to regret them. Indeed, Stefanos Tsitsipas only needed one break point to take the lead and lead four games to one. Not being put in difficulty in the service, the Greek had four first match points on the service of Alexander Zverev but, in a final burst of pride, the German dismissed them all. However, Stefanos Tsitsipas concluded on his serve (6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 4-6, 6-3 in 3h40 ‘). After three failures, at the Australian Open in 2019 and 2021 and at Roland Garros in 2020, Stefanos Tsitsipas is preparing to play his first Grand Slam final against Novak Djokovic or Rafael Nadal.