Greek fifth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas prevented a blowback from German Alexander Zverev to win 6-3 6-3 4-6 4-6 6-3 in a sparkling French Open clash on Friday to secure a first Grand Slam final spot.
Tsitsipas got an early break in the opening set, aided by two double faults from Zverev, and stayed solid against the German’s heavy bases to hold onto his narrow advantage on a sun-drenched field by Philippe Chatrier.
US Open finalist Zverev built up a 3-0 lead at the start of the second set, but Tsitsipas showed exemplary athleticism and a solid defense to win the next six games, leaving Zverev stunned at his coaching team.
However, the sixth-placed German regrouped and added more power to his shots with early breaks in the third and fourth set enough to bring the match to two sets apiece.
Tsitsipas had to change his game in the decider and the 22-year-old managed to find an extra gear to seal the match at his fifth match point and made a final appearance against either top league Novak Djokovic or 13-time winner Rafael Nadal.