Greek tennis star Stefanos Tsitsipas (PA / Supply)
Stefanos Tsitsipas He became the first Greek player to advance to the Grand Slam final on Friday, defeating Germany. Alexander Zverev With 5 setters full of bruises French Open..
Fifth seed Tsitsipas won 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 4-6, 6-3, 13th championship match champion Rafael Nadal or world No. 1 Novak Djokovic Play against Djokovic.
But the 22-year-old will be off work on Sunday. He has 2 wins and 7 losses against Nadal and 2 wins and 5 losses against Djokovic.
“I can only think of my roots. I dreamed of playing on the big stage of the French Open in a small place on the outskirts of Athens,” Tsitsipas said in his fifth match in the first major final. When I secured the points, I said with tears.
“I was nervous, but very nervous. I was alive. I went there and fought. This victory was significant and the most important of my career to date.”
Tsitsipas led Zverev 5-2 to advance to the semi-finals and became the first player to jump into the only break in the first set of the second game.
The solid Greeks did not give up any breakpoints, but with a small margin, Tsitsipas only hit one winner.
Zverev took the 3-0 lead in the second set, aiming to be the first German player to reach the final in Paris since Michael Stitch in 1996.
However, Tsitsipas’s greater calm allowed him to rack up for six games in a row and move two sets ahead.
The Greeks were steadily advancing to the semi-finals by driving away the three seeded players so far.
Zverev needed five sets to defeat his compatriot Oscar Otte in the first round, but had never played against a player in the top 45 by Friday.
However, Zverev made a break in the third game of the third set, this time in favor of the referee’s long and swearing rants over the Line Call controversy.
The 24-year-old German, who is curious now, broke in the first game of the fourth set and won the semifinals in the tenth game with a brutal 27-shot rally in the background.
Playing in the semifinals for the third consecutive year in Major League Baseball, Tsitsipas has decisively saved three breakpoints in the decision-maker’s first game.
He made the most of his escape, defeating the Germans 3-1 and quickly gaining a 4-1 advantage.
Zverev saved four match points in the ten-minute eighth game, the second was a drop shot and the third was an ace.
However, Tsitsipas bravely declared victory after spending more than three and a half hours on the court on the eighth ace of the match.
Tsitsipas becomes the first Greek to advance to the Grand Slam final at the French Open
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