Olympic champion Alexander Zverev reached the final of the tennis tournament in Madrid.
The defending champion beat Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 early on Sunday morning and got revenge for the semi-finals in Monte Carlo three weeks ago. Zverev (25) used his first match point at 1:09 a.m. local time after 1:53 a.m. In the final, the German number one will face Carlos Alcaraz on Sunday (6:30 p.m. / Sky). The young Spanish star had previously beaten Serbian world number one Novak Djokovic in 3:35 in the first semi-final 6:7 (5:7), 7:5 and 7:6 (7:5).
Zverev showed a very solid performance against Tsitsipas. In the first set he used his first break chance to lead 4:3 and got the first round after just 34 minutes. After that, the Hamburg native slacked off a bit and committed a couple of double faults. Tsitsipas uses it to balance sentences. But at the start of the third section, Zverev was back. The third in the world rankings managed a quick break and did not let his head be taken away from him.
Alcaraz had previously highlighted his current outstanding form and hadn’t let world number one Djokovic stop him on his triumphant march to his home country of Spain. In the previous round, he had only eliminated his great idol Rafael Nadal. This makes him the first professional tennis player to defeat Nadal and Djokovic in a clay-court tournament.
“It gives me a lot of confidence for Sunday’s final,” said the Spaniard. Djokovic paid tribute to the young star after the match. “For someone his age, he’s playing very mature and fearless, that’s impressive,” said the world number one. (dpa)