A. Zverev vs S. Tsitsipas | Roland-Garros
Men's Singles | Semifinal | 11.06.2021 | Court Philippe-Chatrier
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Good afternoon! Welcome to our LIVE updates of the men’s semi finals at the 2021 French Open. We’ve got a truly mouthwatering line-up of matches coming up. Later, world No.1 Novak Djokovic will lock horns with the man he regards as his greatest rival of all, the King of Clay himself, Rafael Nadal. But first, it’s a showdown that could become a regular face-off in the latter stages of Slams in the years to come. Greek fifth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas takes on German sixth seed Alexander Zverev with both men serious contenders to win a maiden major. The players are due on court from 1.50pm BST.

Ibrahim Mustapha
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Ibrahim Mustapha
Updated 11/06/2021 at 16:40 GMT
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GAME, SET AND MATCH! – TSITSIPAS 6-3 6-3 4-6 4-6 6-3 ZVEREV. He’s done it! Stefanos Tsitsipas is into his maiden Grand Slam final after resisting Zverev’s comeback from two sets down to prevail in a decider after a rollercoaster three hours and 37 minutes on Court Philippe-Chatrier. The No.5 seed served it out with an ace on his fifth match point to prevail. He will now meet either Nadal or Djokovic on Sunday after becoming the first Greek player to reach a major final.

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TSITSIPAS SERVING FOR THE MATCH: It's a nervy start as the Greek misses and trails 0-15. He then wins an epic point, battering through Zverev's defences to level at 15-15. It's followed by another testing rally but Sascha lobs long: 30-15. He then wrong-foots the German after dictating another rally and it's 40-15 - TWO MORE MATCH POINTS!
TSITSIPAS 6-3 6-3 4-6 4-6 5-3 ZVEREV. That is quite sensational. Zverev refuses to let his dream die just yet. The big serve works wonders to stave off Stef’s attack. It’s the longest game of the match but he’s still in after saving FOUR match points.
ZVEREV SERVING TO STAY IN THE TOURNAMENT: Stef's return game finds some rhythm and his forehand works a treat before luring an error long. It offers up TWO match points. Zverev saves both with a huge serve and a nerve-less drop shot. A third comes along... ACE! Three match points saved. Incredible. Zverev looks to take charge but a big forehand hits the net and lands wide. MP number four.... But there's another huge serve... DEUCE...
TSITSIPAS 6-3 6-3 4-6 4-6 5-2 ZVEREV. Tsitsipas has that forehand firing and it does lots of damage. Zverev hits back with aa rasping winner of hi own but a big serve seals a strong hold to 15. Tsitsipas is one game from the final!
TSITSIPAS 6-3 6-3 4-6 4-6 4-2 ZVEREV. Sascha corks a forehand winner and then Stef flashes a return wide. It’s simple and efficient from there as he sandwiches a double fault between two aces to stay in touch.
TSITSIPAS 6-3 6-3 4-6 4-6 4-1 ZVEREV. That was seriously hard work for Stefanos. He struggles to find cheap points and relies on two make-able misses from Zverev to rally from 15-30. That first serve eventually fires on game point and he backs up the break. Can he stay solid to finally clinch that spot in the final that seemed certain to be his an hour and a half ago?
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BREAK! – TSITSIPAS 6-3 6-3 4-6 4-6 3-1 ZVEREV. Tsitsipas raises his arm aloft as if he’s just scored the winner at the Euros! It could be almost as big as Zverev loses concentration and wavers with some poor errors. There’s a double fault in there too as the German drops serve for the first time in a long while.
TSITSIPAS 6-3 6-3 4-6 4-6 2-1 ZVEREV. Wow, that was rampant. Tsitsipas bounces around that baseline, thumping down hefty serves and unloading the forehand. It’s a message to Zverev that he’s got the energy to do what it takes as he cruises to the love hold.
TSITSIPAS 6-3 6-3 4-6 4-6 1-1 ZVEREV. Stefanos opens by staying in a long rally before snatching at a forehand and blazing wide. Zverev reels of a quick trio of points before some fine hitting and finishing at the net give the Greek a half chance. It isn’t to be though. Zverev slams the door and no-one is blinking early on in what has become one-set shoot-out.
TSITSIPAS 6-3 6-3 4-6 4-6 1-0 ZVEREV. That is CLUTCH! Tsitsipas needs something special as an ill-timed double fault coughs up triple BP. He switches to Greek God mode and somehow drags himself through five points in a row to lead the board in the decider.
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SET! - TSITSIPAS 6-3 6-3 4-6 4-6 ZVEREV. All square! Zverev hits back from two sets down to level at 2-2! The German just about angles a stun volley in at the net following a sensational 27-shot rally to make 15-15. A big serve and a wonderful lob earn him two set points and another heavy delivery claims it at the second time of asking. Who is your money on now? That place in the final is up for grabs!

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TSITSIPAS 6-3 6-3 4-6 4-5 ZVEREV. Tsitsipas is fuming at himself as he falls 0-30 behind. He’s desperate to test Zverev’s nerve in serving out the set. He doesn’t want to hand it to him and responds magnificently. He reels off four points in a row and it’s over to Zverev now…
TSITSIPAS 6-3 6-3 4-6 3-5 ZVEREV. Sascha continues the charge towards levelling the match. He easily holds to love and is one game away from taking us into a decider.
TSITSIPAS 6-3 6-3 4-6 3-4 ZVEREV. Most service games have flown by in this set and this one is no different. The Athenian clocks up another love hold with the minimum of fuss. Will we have some late drama now we are heading into the business end of things?
TSITSIPAS 6-3 6-3 4-6 2-4 ZVEREV. Stefanos looks to make his move when Zverev shanks an awkward forehand off court. The Greek presses at pulp (30-30) with great length and angle on a backhand but Zverev refuses to give him a glimmer and slams the door shut from there.

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TSITSIPAS 6-3 6-3 4-6 2-3 ZVEREV. The calm before the storm? Zverev pinches a point but that’s all it is as Tsitsipas stays on contention.
TSITSIPAS 6-3 6-3 4-6 1-3 ZVEREV. Tsitsipas can’t get a look-in on that Zverev serve at present. The No.6 seed maintains his advantage with another love hold. You can see his belief is back, but will nerves kick in as he gets closer to his target?
TSITSIPAS 6-3 6-3 4-6 1-2 ZVEREV. Don’t mention that to Stef though! He still has designs on a four-set victory here. He gets back on the board and sets about starting his recovery with a much more solid love hold of his own.