Greek tennis star Stefanos Tsitsipas has made it clear that his intention is to leave it all on the court when he enters Philippe Chatrier on Sunday to play the French Open final.
Tsitsipas, who is enjoying a career-high ranking of No. 5 in the world, beat top-ranked German tennis player Alexander Zverev 6-3 6-3 4-6 4-6 6-3 ih the French Open semifinal.
After losing the first two sets, Zverev claimed one break in each of the following two sets — and held on to his serve — to force a decider.
In the first game of the fifth set, Zverev had three consecutive break points but failed to convert.
Tsitsipas then broke Zverev in the fourth game and held on to his serve the rest of the way to seal the win.
“I’m looking forward leaving my entire body on the court (during the final),” Tsitsipas said, per Tennis Majors.
Tsitsipas was emotional after making the French Open final
“Roland-Garros has been an event I was watching since I was little and it was the favourite tournament of my coach. I was emotional for putting myself in that position. He’s back in Greece now. I’m sure he’s proud so far,” Tsitsipas admitted.
Tsitsipas didn’t want to panic after losing the third and fourth set.
When I lost the 4th, I was trying to have a good relationship with myself, trying to push over, find concentration. I knew I had more to give,” Tsitsipas revealed.
Tsitsipas is set to fight either Rafael Nadal or Novak Djokovic for the French Open title.
“I don’t like to think there’s something for him (Nadal) here. I like to think there’s not so many differences between clays, here and for instance Barcelona. Of course he’s great here. But it’s time for me to go for my chances and show I’m able to play him or Novak here,” Tsitsipas insisted.