Fifth seed Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas overcame a tough challenge from sixth seed Germany’s Andrei Zverev 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 4-6, 6-3 in five sets on Friday for the first time at a Grand Slam. Entered the title match. In the first semi-final of the French Open, Tsitsipas defeated Zverev in a hard-fought 3 hours and 37 minutes to raise his record this year to 39-8. Tsitsipas will face the winner of the second semi-final between world number one Novak Djokovic of Serbia and 13-time champion Rafael Nadal of Spain in the final.
Tsitsipas won the first two sets 6-3, 6-3 but Zverev showed his best in the third and fourth sets to level the match by winning the next two sets 6-4, 6-4. Tsitsipas’s first service game in the deciding set saw Zverev lead 40-15 but a few blunders and pressure from the deciding set allowed Tsitsipas to make a comeback. Tsitsipas saved his serve with four consecutive points.
With this win, Tsitsipas took his record in five sets to 6-4. Tsitsipas has a career record of 2-5 against Djokovic and 2-7 against Nadal on Sunday.
Tsitsipas, playing his fourth major semi-final, started off aggressively and won the first three games in just 11 minutes. He finished the first set in 38 minutes.
After getting an early break at the start of the second set, Zverev was now applying his groundstrokes better, but Tsitsipas scored 1-3 in the set after Zverev’s successive backhand kicks out. Zverev’s further mistakes in this set allowed Tsitsipas to make a comeback as he went on to win the next six games and take the second set 6–3 to take a strong 2–0 lead in the match.
In the third set, Tsitsipas lost his serve by hitting a forehand outside. Zverev regained his momentum and won the third set 6-4. Zverev scored 4-3, 0/30 in the third set to take a 5-3 lead in the fourth set to win 22 of 24 service points. The German player won the fourth set 6-4 to level the match 2-2.
Despite trailing 15-40 in the first game of the deciding set, Tsitsipas took advantage of Zverev’s mistakes to not only save his serve but also take a 3-1 lead. In a game that lasted 10 minutes at 5-2, Tsitsipas could not redeem four match points on the German player’s serve, but retained his serve in the next game to secure his biggest win.