Tsitsipas to first Roland Garros final after grueling five-setter | Sport

Stefanos Tsitsipas has reached the final of Roland Garros for the first time in his career. The 22-year-old Greek defeated Alexander Zverev in a grueling five-setter that lasted more than three hours: 3-6, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4,

Last year, Tsitsipas was already close to reaching the final in Paris when he played in the semi-final against Novak Djokovic. He came back from a 2-0 deficit, but in the end didn’t make it. The Serbian number 1 in the world swept him off the mat in the fifth set. The chance of a very first Grand Slam final was therefore lost.

At this year’s Australian Open, Tsitsipas got a second chance to reach the final battle. It went wrong again. This time against Daniil Medvedev. But the saying: ‘Three times is a charm’, was true for Tsitsipas on Friday afternoon. Then he had to deal with Alexander Zverev, the number six in the world.

His beginnings were strong. Tsitsipas won the first three games in the first set within eleven minutes, as if the tension was already too much for the 24-year-old German: 3-6. But Zverev fought his way back into the game and started the second set strongly and also led 3-0, but was unable to defend his lead against the dominating Greek, who also took the second set: 3-6.

But Tsitsipas was a life buoy for Zverev in the third set, to which he could cling. The German grew and grew and grabbed the third and fourth set: 6-4, 6-4. So there had to be a decisive fifth set to see who would reach the Roland Garros final for the first time in his career. Tsitsipas knew what not to do after his experience against Djokovic in the fall.

This time he waltzed over Zverev in the beginning of the fifth set, who made mistake after mistake and helped the number 5 in the world into a seat. Tsitsipas was able to break his opponent to reach the final battle, but Zverev didn’t give up by serving well at the crucial moments – Tsitsipas got three match points – with which he kept his service: 3-5. But in his own service, he secured his first place in the Roland Garros final, which saw Zverev miss a second final.

The question is who will be the opponent on his way to his first Grand Slam title. Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic will be in action tonight.

Alexander Zverev. © AFP

Tsitsipas to first Roland Garros final after grueling five-setter | Sport
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