Tsitsipas will play his first Grand Slam final at Roland Garros

To become the youngest finalist in a Grand Slam in 11 years, Stefanos Tsitsipas had to overcome two games throughout an indecipherable afternoon, full of comings and goings. On Friday, the Greek crowned in a straight line the first two sets of his semifinal of Roland Garros, but a reaction of Alexander Zverev forced him to start over when the German took him to the fifth set. Reeling over the wire, the triumph of Tsitsipas (6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 3-6, 6-3 in 3h37m) confirms him as one of the strongest candidates for the Musketeers Cup. [Narración y estadísticas]

The Greek, which had left its mark throughout the European clay court tour (titles in Montecarlo Y Lyon, ending in Barcelona), attacked the crossing before Zverev with a granite conviction in victory, eyes fixed on triumph, unwavering concentration. After losing their previous three semifinals in a big (Australian Open 2019 and 2021, Roland Garros 2020), Tsitsipas got on the train to the end, even though the German made it half the jump.

After having a hard time the first day, forced to come back two sets against Oscar Otte during its premiere at the tournament, Zverev got to walk the way up Tsitsipas without frights. Accustomed to stumbling around on big stages, always in mental shackles, that step forward should have helped him pose the crossover against him. Greek with a winning attitude from the start.

That did not happen.

During the first two halves, Zverev He tried to win the game from the back of the court. He did it, in addition, without raising anything special, limiting himself to staying in the rallies, although his shots had no mordant. Consequently, the German he paid for that lack of determination, no improvisation capacity, and his options were narrowed too soon. After conceding the first set after conceding a break Early in his opening serve turn, the number six bared his teeth by going 3-0 in the second. Tsitsipas He responded like the greatest: giving him a 7-0 partial (from 0-3 to 6-3, 1-0) to put a foot and a half in the final.

Around game time, the Greek had only landed two winners (only two!) And had 15 unforced errors. Those numbers, of course, reflected what happened in the match: Tsitsipas took the lead, but was far from taking control of the crossing on its own merits. It was enough for the German to find the twisted tusk, to take a step forward, to put his rival in much trouble.

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Of nothing, Tsitsipas he watched the lead fizzle in front of his face and found himself fighting Zverev to the open grave in the fifth set. There, on the edge, he raised his arms Greek, this time on the back of his best version.

Tsitsipas, durante su partido ante Zverev.

Gonzalo Fuentes

REUTERS

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