Alexander Zverev reaches Roland Garros semi-final. Is this his year?

Alexander Zverev beat Alex de Minaur in straight sets in the quarter-final

by Jovica Ilic
Alexander Zverev reaches Roland Garros semi-final. Is this his year?
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Alexander Zverev will compete in his eighth Major semi-final at Roland Garros, reaching the last four in Paris for the fourth straight year! Alexander met the first-time Roland Garros quarter-finalist Alex de Minaur in a battle for the semi-final and scored a hard-fought 6-4, 7-6, 6-4 victory on Court Philippe-Chatrier in two hours and 59 minutes, setting the semi-final clash against Casper Ruud.

The German claimed only eight points more than the Aussie, prevailing in the pivotal moments and remaining on the title course. De Minaur served at only 48% and dropped 40% of the points in his games, offering Zverev six break points and suffering five breaks.

The German struggled behind the second serve, playing against eight break points and saving five. They embraced the encounter dotted with errors, spraying 100 unforced mistakes combined. In the end, it all came down to those break points Alexander converted and a notable comeback in the tie break.

Alexander Zverev, Roland Garros 2024© Clive Brunskill / Staff - Getty Images Sport

Zverev had a slim advantage in the shortest range up to four strokes, and de Minaur softened it in the mid-range ones. They embraced over 70 exchanges with nine strokes or more, and Alexander claimed five points more than his rival.

Alex closed the opening game of the encounter with a service winner and created two break points in the next one after Alexander's forehand error. Zverev denied them with service winners and landed another for a hold, avoiding an early setback.

The German made a push on the return in the third game, earning break points and seizing the first after the Aussie's forehand mistake. Alex stayed composed and broke back in the fourth game with a crafty lob winner, leveling the score at 2-2.

De Minaur held in the fifth game after Zverev's forehand mistake before world no. 4 clinched the next one and stayed on the positive side. Alex sprayed a backhand mistake in the seventh game, offering Alexander three break chances.

Alex de Minaur & Alexander Zverev, Roland Garros 2024 © Clive Brunskill / Staff - Getty Images Sport

Alexander Zverev defeated Alex de Minaur in straight sets at Roland Garros.

The Aussie hit a double fault on the second, getting broken at love and sending his rival in front.

A two-time Roland Garros semi-finalist fired a service winner in the eighth game, confirming the break and opening a 5-3 advantage. De Minaur prolonged the set with a hold at 15 in game nine, leaving Zverev to serve for the opener at 5-4.

Alexander generated a set point with a powerful serve and painted a backhand crosscourt winner for 6-4 after 50 minutes. Zverev had to work hard in the second set, fending off a set point in the 12th game and overcoming a deficit in the tie break to forge a massive advantage and move closer to the finish line.

Alex grabbed the opening game at love with a forehand winner at the net, and Alexander responded with a powerful serve in the next one for 1-1. The Aussie moved 2-1 up with an unreturned serve, and the German grabbed the next one after the rival's forehand error.

Alex de Minaur, Roland Garros 2024© Clive Brunskill / Staff - Getty Images Sport

De Minaur sprayed a backhand error in the fifth game, losing serve and sending Zverev in front. The German could not stay in front, hitting a double fault in the next one and bringing his rival back to 3-3.

De Minaur moved 4-3 ahead with a service winner before missing a drop shot in the next one. They served well in those moments, with Alex opening a 5-4 advantage with an ace. The German stayed focused and closed the tenth game with a powerful serve, prolonging the action.

The Aussie produced another fine hold in the 11th game and made a push on the return in the next one from 15-40. De Minaur landed a lob winner and created a set point. Zverev denied it and held after the rival's backhand error, introducing a tie break.

Alex forged a 4-0 advantage before losing it, allowing Alexander to climb back.

Alexander Zverev, Roland Garros 2024© Tim Goode / Stringer - Getty Images Sport

The German grabbed a 40-stroke exchange in the 11th point and converted a set point after the Aussie's loose forehand, stealing the set and moving two sets to love in front after two hours and five minutes.

Zverev clinched the first game of the third set with a forehand winner and performed a hold at 15 for 2-1. De Minaur claimed the fourth game after an extended rally before facing issues two games later. The Aussie hit a costly double fault, getting broken and falling 4-2 behind.

Alex earned a break chance in game seven with a volley winner and missed it after Alexander's superb net coverage. De Minaur served to stay in the match at 2-5 and held at love to prolong the action. Zverev served for the win at 5-3 and sprayed a forehand error, offering his rival a break chance.

The Aussie seized it with a volley winner at the net, adding more drama. However, he missed a backhand in the tenth game and faced a match point. Alexander seized after Alex's backhand error, moving over the top and advancing into his fourth straight semi-final in Paris.

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