After an impressive comeback in the first match against Jaume Munar, Stefanos Tsitsipas became the youngest Roland Garros semi-finalist since 2009! The young Greek lost a tight Hamburg final to Andrey Rublev two weeks ago, serving for the victory but getting the runner-up prize in the end.
Traveling to Paris, Stefanos had to dig deep in that first match, passing the dangerous obstacle and finding his A-game against Pablo Cuevas, Aljaz Bedene and Grigor Dimitrov to reach the quarters. The Greek avenged the Hamburg defeat, beating Rublev 7-5, 6-2, 6-3 in an hour and 55 minutes.
Trailing 5-3 in the opener, Stefanos rattled off 16 of the last 21 games, stealing the opener and dominating sets two and three to seal the deal and set the semi-final clash against Novak Djokovic. The Greek lost 23 points behind the initial shot, suffering one break at the beginning of the encounter and never looking back, mounting the pressure on the other side of the court.
Tsitsipas fired 35 winners and 17 unforced errors, leaving Rublev on a stable 25-23 ratio that wasn't enough at least for a set after suffering five breaks from eight chances offered to the younger opponent. In the semis, Tsitsipas faced world no.
1 Novak Djokovic in the quest for the first Major final, giving his best but falling in five sets. Stefanos lost the opening two sets after wasting his chances on the return. Novak served for the triumph at 5-4 in set number three, wasted a match point and got broken for the first time, allowing Tsitsipas to extend the battle.
With momentum on his side, the Greek grabbed another break in game 12, stealing the set and boosting his chances for a positive outcome. The youngest Roland Garros semi-finalist since 2009 fended off ten out of 11 break points in the fourth set, enduring all the challenges and delivering two breaks to steal the set 6-4 and force a decider, something no one could have expected in the closing stages of the third.
Stefanos Tsitsipas could skip Vienna and Paris in the following weeks.
With no room for errors, Djokovic recovered his strokes in the final set, winning it 6-2 to seal the deal and remain on the title course. As was expected, Tsitsipas withdrew from the next week's ATP 500 event in St.
Petersburg, but not because of fatigue. The Greek suffered an enema injury in the decider against Djokovic, taking MRI tests and most probably skipping both the ATP 500 event in Vienna and the last Masters 1000 tournament of the season in Paris!
Stefanos will try to recover as soon as possible and defend his title at the ATP Finals, defeating Daniil Medvedev, Alexander Zverev, Roger Federer and Dominic Thiem to rule the tennis world and lift his first notable trophy at 21.