The Greek Stefanos Tsitsipás, No. 5 in the ATP Ranking, qualified for his first Rome Masters final this Saturday by winning a close battle with the German Alexander Zverev (3rd) 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 in almost two and a half hours of play.
It was the third duel between the two in a month in the penultimate round of a tournament in this category, since they had met in Monte Carlo, with the victory of the Greek, ultimately champion, and in Madrid, with victory of the German, who fell in the title match against Carlos Alcaraz.
The Greek imposed his good face-to-face (8-4 now, 4-1 on clay) against Zverev. This time he changed the trend that said the winner of the first set in 10 of his last 11 meetings ended up winning.
On this occasion, the Athenian reversed it and asserted his status as líder in season wins.
Tsitsipas could meet world No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the final on Sunday, in what would be a rematch of the last Roland Garros final if he wins the other semifinal against Ruud.