Stefanos Tsitsipas snapped a three-match losing streak in Grand Slam semi-finals to become the first player from Greece to reach a major final.
Tsitsipas, the world No. 5, defeated Germany’s Alexander Zverev in five sets to book his spot in the French Open final on Sunday.
The fifth seed threw away a two-set lead, as Zverev clawed his way back into the match, but regained his composure in the fifth as he sealed a 6-3 6-3 4-6 4-6 6-3 win.
It’s been a great tournament for Greece – who were agonisingly close to having two finalists but Maria Sakkari couldn’t convert a match point in her semi-final defeat to Barbora Krejcikova – and Tsitsipas, 22, will now hope to down either Rafael Nadal or Novak Djokovic in his first appearance in major final.
Receiving a huge ovation from the crowd after this latest win, the Athenian fought back the tears.
‘You know, all I could think of was my roots,’ Tsitsipas said. ‘Where I came from. I came from a really small place.
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