French Open: Stefanos Tsitsipas defeats Alexander Zverev in five sets to reach

Stefanos Tsitsipas reached his maiden Grand Slam final after edging Alexander Zverev in the men’s singles semi-finals at Roland Garros

Stefanos Tsitsipas made history by becoming the first player from Greece – male or female – to reach a Grand Slam final as he held off Alexander Zverev in a five-set thriller in the French Open at Roland Garros.

The 22-year-old lost a two-set lead to Zverev before holding it together to record a 6-3 6-3 4-6 4-6 6-3 win on a sun-kissed Court Philippe Chatrier.

It took him five match points but Tsitsipas managed to get over the line to extend his winning record over the German to 6-2 as he reached his maiden Grand Slam final at the fourth attempt, having lost his previous three semi-finals.

World No 5 Tsitsipas has been the man in form on clay, having won his first Masters 1000 title in Monte Carlo before winning the title in Lyon, and now he will prepare for a meeting with 13-time champion Rafael Nadal or world No 1 Novak Djokovic in Sunday’s final.

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