After an impressive comeback in the first match against Jaume Munar, Stefanos Tsitsipas became the youngest Roland Garros semi-finalist since 2009! The Greek lost a tight Hamburg final to Andrey Rublev three weeks ago, serving for the title but settling with the runner-up prize in the end.
Traveling to Paris, Stefanos had to dig deep in that first match against the Spaniard, 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 to extend his run.
Trailing 5-3 in the opener, Stefanos rattled off 16 of the last 21 games, stealing the first set and dominating sets two and three to seal the deal and set the semi-final clash against Novak Djokovic. Tsitsipas lost 23 points behind the initial shot versus Rublev, suffering one break at the beginning of the encounter and never looking back, mounting the constant 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 quite enough at least for a set, 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 after a valiant effort. Stefanos lost the opening two sets as he wasted his chances on the return. Novak served for the triumph at 5-4 in set number three, squandered 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 at 6-5, stealing the set and boosting his chances for a positive outcome. Stefanos remained focused and 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 suffered an injury against Novak Djokovic in Paris.
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. The Greek suffered an enema injury in that deciding set, taking MRI tests and skipping the ATP 500 event in St.
Petersburg. Sharing the update with his fans, Stefanos said he would try to recover for Vienna, Paris and the ATP Finals, qualifying for the elite ATP event for the second year in a row. Making a debut in London in 2019, Tsitsipas ousted Daniil Medvedev, Alexander Zverev, Roger Federer and Dominic Thiem to rule the tennis world and lift his first notable trophy at 21.
If everything goes right, Stefanos will compete in London again in November, together with Novak Djokovic, Dominic Thiem, Rafael Nadal, Daniil Medvedev and Alexander Zverev, who have grabbed the other five London tickets.
"Hey, everyone. I just wanted to say a big thank you to all my fans worldwide who supported my Roland Garros journey over the past couple of weeks. My time in Paris was very positive, and I gave it my all out there in the semi-final against Novak.
Unfortunately, I've had a minor injury in my leg, but I've had an MRI and examined it thoroughly. Following my doctor's feedback, I decided to withdraw from St. Petersburg, take a week off and prepare for Vienna. I look forward to playing there, in Paris and London, as I just found out I qualified for the ATP Finals, feeling pumped about a chance of defending the title there.
I hope you all continue to stay safe in these unusual times, and hopefully, we get back to life as we knew it soon," Stefanos Tsitsipas said.