French Open: Tsitsipas overcomes Zverev fightback to achieve first main last

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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 e book a maiden Grand Slam last spot.

Tsitsipas bought 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 carry onto his slim benefit on a sun-bathed Philippe Chatrier courtroom.

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 workforce bewildered.

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

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

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