Alexander Zverev: Don’t want to be arrogant but French Open semifinal wasn’t enough

Top-rannked German tennis player Alexander Zverev did not want to sound arrogant but he wasn’t happy with ending his French Open campaign in the semifinal. 

Zverev, ranked at No. 6 in the world, fell just short of claiming a comeback win in the French Open semifinal against Stefanos Tsitsipas. 

Tsitsipas beat Zverev 6-3 6-3 4-6 4-6 6-3 to reach his maiden Grand Slam final. 

“I’m not trying to be arrogant, it’s just what it is. I didn’t win the tournament and that’s why I’m disappointed. A final wouldn’t have been OK either. Wimbledon is in a two-week time and I’m looking for that,” Zverev said, per Tennis Majors. 

Tsitsipas edged out Zverev 

After winning the third and fourth set, Zverev had three consecutive break points in the first game of the third set. 

Tsitsipas saved all those break chances and broke Zverev in the fourth set. 

“All I can think of is my roots,” said Tsitsipas, in an on-court interview. “I come from a really small place outside of Athens. My dream was to play here and I would never have thought I would achieve it…. There were a lot of people cheering me on in my country and I’m very happy that Greece is part of the tennis community now. Maria [Sakkari] and I have done a good job of elevating the sport and keeping Greek tennis alive.”   

After breaking Zverev in the fourth game of the fifth set, Tsitsipas held on to his serve to clinch the win. 

“It was nerve-wracking and so intense in the first game of the deciding set,” said Tsitsipas. “I came back and I stayed alive. I felt the crowd with me, they were cheering me and giving me their energy. I still felt that there was hope and a chance to fight back. The only thing I could do is fight. It was very emotional and this wins means a lot. It’s the most important one of my career so far.”