Qualified for the first time in his career in the Grand Slam final at Roland Garros, Stefanos Tsitsipas is one step away from Olympus …
The scenario of the match
It was nervously appalling, especially during that first to the 5the set where I had to save three consecutive break points. But luckily the audience supported me and gave me energy. I suddenly felt full of energy, and I said to myself: “Come on, now is the time to turn it all to my advantage!” I felt there was hope and possibilities. The only thing to do at such times is to fight. I had to take control of myself. And I played better again. I still had energy in me, I was still able to fight.
Her tears after her victory
I thought of the past. Roland-Garros is a historic tournament. I’ve been watching him since I was little, my first coach too. It was his favorite tournament. And so, the emotions that overwhelmed me, it was because I was in that position, finally! And I was thinking of him too, because he returned to Greece, to Athens. I’m sure he’s proud of me, of my background. It is without a doubt the most important victory of my career. I come from a very small place and my dream was to be able to play in this stadium, in front of this audience. I managed to finish the game in a good way. It was very hard, there were a lot of emotions, I went through a lot of emotional phases… And I’m proud of it.
His first Grand-Slam final
I never thought I would get there so quickly. It shows that discipline pays off. I’ve improved. The final that is coming makes me very happy. I will give myself 100% on the court. It’s finally a dream within my reach and I’ll try to make it come true
A preference for Nadal or Djokovic in the final?
It doesn’t matter who wins today in this semi-final. It will be a very physical game against the two. They are immense champions. It will take attention to details, it will take my maximum concentration. There isn’t much of a difference between the two. I have a feeling it will require the same commitment, the same level of tennis, the same intensity. If it’s Nadal, I’ll have to be even better than when I met him on clay. With a lot of humility and respect, without being complex. I have to tell myself that there are not many differences between here and Barcelona (defeat against Nadal in the final after having a match point). I never thought I would get there so quickly. Discipline pays. I’ve improved. I am excited to play this final. I’m going to put my whole body on this final. It’s time for me to take my chance