Stefanos Tsitsipas became the the youngest man to reach a Grand Slam final since Andy Murray at the 2010 Australian Open, and the first Greek in history to achieve that feat, thanks to a 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 4-6, 6-3 victory over sixth-seeded Alexander Zverev at Roland-Garros on Friday.
The 22-year-old is through to the maiden major final of his career and now awaits top-seeded Novak Djokovic or 13-time Roland-Garros champion in the title decider.
The victory ended Tsitsipas’ three-match losing streak in Grand Slam semi-finals.
Tsitsipas saved three break points in his opening service game of the fifth set before opening up a 4-1 lead. Zverev saved four match points to hold for 3-5 but it only delayed the Greek’s celebration by one game as he sealed the victory with an ace after three hours and 37 minutes of play.
Krejcikova going for rare double in Paris
Barbora Krejcikova has a chance to become the first woman since Mary Pierce in 2000 to sweep the singles and doubles trophies at Roland-Garros after the Czech advanced to the title decider alongside her compatriot Katerina Siniakova with a smooth 6-1, 6-2 victory over Magda Linette and Bernarda Pera.
Krejcikova, who moved into her first Grand Slam singles final with a gruelling win over Maria Sakkari on Thursday, will gunning for a third women’s doubles major silverware on Sunday.
Siniakova and Krejcikova won Roland-Garros and Wimbledon together in 2018. Krejcikova will return to the No.1 spot in the doubles rankings should she triumph with her partner in two days’ time.
Swiatek, through to her first Grand Slam doubles final, and Mattek-Sands defeated Nadia Podoroska and Irina-Camelia Begu 6-3, 6-4 in 94 minutes. With inputs from Roland Garros