French Open: Tsitsipas overcomes Zverev fightback to reach first major final

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Greek fifth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas staved off a fightback from German Alexander Zverev to win 6-3 6-3 4-6 4-6 6-3 in a scintillating French Open conflict on Friday (Jun 11) and ebook a maiden Grand Slam final spot.

Tsitsipas received an early break within the opening set, aided by two double faults from Zverev, and remained stable in opposition to the German’s heavy groundstrokes to maintain onto his slender benefit on a sun-bathed Philippe Chatrier court docket.

US Open finalist Zverev constructed a 3-0 lead firstly of the second set however Tsitsipas confirmed exemplary athleticism and staunch defence to win the subsequent six video games, leaving Zverev observing his teaching crew bewildered.

The sixth-seeded German, nevertheless, regrouped and added extra energy to his pictures with early breaks within the third and fourth units sufficient for him to degree the match at two units apiece.

Tsitsipas wanted to change his sport within the decider and the 22-year-old managed to discover an additional gear to seal the competition on his fifth match level and booked a final outing in opposition to both prime seed Novak Djokovic or 13-time winner Rafa Nadal.

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