while waiting for Nadal / Djokovic, Tsitsipas beats Zverev for a place in the final

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While waiting for the shock at the top between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic on clay at Roland Garros, the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas triumphed over the German Alexander Zverev in five sets and qualified for his first Grand Slam final.

Semi-finals day at Roland-Garros, Friday June 11. On the one hand, the clash of the new generation between the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas and the German Alexander Zverev. On the other, the duel at the top between two sacred tennis monsters, Rafael Nadal and his 13 Roland-Garros won, against the world number one, Novak Djokovic, their 58e confrontation.

• At the end of the suspense, Stefanos Tsitsipas offers his first Roland-Garros final

In the first men’s semi-final, Stefanos Tsitsipas got the better of Alexander Zverev to win in 3:37 and five sets: 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 4-6, 6-3.

If Alexander Zverev wins the “toss”, it is Stefanos Tsisipas who quickly takes the ascendancy in the match and the first set. The Greek makes the entry break on his opponent, who lets himself be too easily wandered on the court. It was not until the German’s second serve that he won his first game in the game and rebalanced the discussions. Too late, the lead of the recent winner of the Monte-Carlo Masters 1000 is too important: Tsitsipas pockets the first round in 37 minutes (6-3).

Stefanos Tsitsipas was superior in the opening sets. © Pierre René-Worms, France 24

The second begins in the same way as the first, but this time with Alexander Zverev at the helm (3-0). In delicacy on his forehand, Stefanos Tsitsipas still hangs on and manages to cancel the advantage taken by his opponent. He glued together, then surpassed his opponent of the day by inflicting six consecutive games (6-3).

At the start of the third set, Stefanos Tsitsipas was slack. His opponent took the opportunity to make the break and hold his advantage. The Greek does not find the keys to cancel the advantage taken by the German who, despite a stroke of blood on a decision of the referee, wins the round (6-4).

In delicacy on his service, the world number 5 leaves the first game to Zverev. The scenario of the third set is repeated. Despite a multiplication of faults, Tsitsipas tied the game with his opponent but lost the set because of this bad start (6-4).

Alexander Zverev almost toppled Stefanos Tsitsipas.
Alexander Zverev almost toppled Stefanos Tsitsipas. © Pierre René-Worms, France 24

In the fifth set, Stefanos Tsitsipas seems to have broken down, directly conceding three points to his opponent. But the Greek wakes up and saves the three break points in order to keep his throw-in. A mental turning point for the Greek? Possible, he makes the break on the second serve of his opponent. The latter will not return, despite four match points saved.

“I remembered where I come from and my roots, my dream was to play here, on these big courts”, he confided with tears in his eyes. “It was very difficult, very emotional. I went through a lot of ups and downs, it’s the most important victory of my career so far.”

By reaching the final, Tsitsipas, the player who has won the most matches (39) since the start of the season, the one who has also won the most on clay in 2021 (22), is finally where we are. was waiting.

At 23, Stefanos Tsitsipas therefore qualifies for his first Grand Slam final. he will face one of the two living legends of tennis: Rafael Nadal or Novak Djokovic.

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