Stefanos Tsitsipas was the first Greek player to reach the Grand Slam final on Friday, when he defeated German Alexander Zverev in the French Open against five sets. Fifth-placed Tsitsipas won 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 4-6, 6-3 and will face 13-time champion Rafael Nadal or Novak Djokovic, the world number one opponent. However, the 22-year-old will cut jobs on Sunday: it is 2-7 against Nadal and 2-5 against Djokovic. “I just have my roots in my head, a small place outside Athens where I dreamed of playing on the big stage at the French Open,” he said as he wept as he made his first major Tsitsipas final, secured on the fifth game point. “It was a worrying nerve, very intense, I stayed alive. I went out there and fought. This win means a lot, it’s the most important part of my career so far.”
Tsitsipas took a 5-2 lead against Zverev in the semifinals and was the only one to get a start in the second game.
The rocky Greek didn’t give up a single break point, even with fine margins, with Tsitsipas getting the only winner.
Zverev, who won the tender for being the first German man since Michael Stich reached the final in Paris in 1996, won the second set 3-0.
However, Tsitsipas ’greater composure piled up six games in a row to advance to two sets.
The Greek made it into the semi-finals, no doubt Sharper saw three Seed players get there.
Zverev needed five sets in the first round to beat fellow Oscar Otte 152nd graders and had 45 of the best players before Friday.
Zverev took a break in the third game of the third set and this time held his back as a result of an online call that was discussed with the referee.
The 24-year-old German, now turned on, broke in the opening match of the fourth set and tied the semi-final in the 10th game in the back of a Rally shot by Brutal 27.
Tsitsipas, who played in his third consecutive semifinal among the majors, broke three crucial points in the first game of the deciding.
He made the most of his escape, breaking the German with a 3-1 lead and quickly gaining a 4-1 advantage.
In the eighth minute of 10 minutes, Zvereve saved four game points, the second with a shot, the third with an ace.
However, Tsitsipas worried and took the victory on the court after spending more than three and a half hours with the eighth side of the match.
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