News : French Open: Alexander Zverev reaches semi-finals – now against Stefanos Tsitsipas
The dream of the first Grand Slam title lives on for Alexander Zverev. Even without shining, Germany’s best tennis player reached the semi-finals at the French Open for the first time in his career.
Zverev won against Alejandro Davidovich Fokina 6: 4, 6: 1, 6: 1 despite a mixed performance, because the Spaniard hit one mistake after the other: Davidovich Fokina made 37 unforced errors in three sets, compared to a total of 50 points . This is the third time that Zverev has reached the semifinals of a Grand Slam tournament. He had previously achieved this at the Australian Open and the US Open last year.
In the fight for a place in the final, Zverev will meet the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas in Paris on Friday, who prevailed against the Russian Daniil Medvedev. But first there are two days off for the world number six on the program.
“It’s nice to be in the semifinals, but hopefully we can do a little more,” said Zverev in the winner interview on the pitch. “I hope that I can improve a little in the semifinals.”
Problems in the first sentence
Unlike Nishikori in the round of 16, Zverev initially struggled against Davidovich Fokina. Because the two women’s matches had previously lasted three sets, the encounter on the Philippe Chatrier court had started two hours late. Maybe it was because Zverev couldn’t find a rhythm and gave three breaks in the first set.
A balance sheet with which a set profit is actually impossible. But the Spaniard acted even more incorrectly than Zverev and gave the sentence. Zverev himself did not know exactly how he succeeded. When he went to his chair after the sentence, he shook his head.
In the second run things went much better for Zverev. Born in Hamburg, he moved better, and his serve didn’t cause so many problems anymore. Davidovich Fokina, on the other hand, seemed overwhelmed with the pressure in his first Grand Slam quarter-finals. The 22-year-old gave Zverev many points and had already made 30 avoidable mistakes by the end of the second set. Zverev also made two quick breaks in the third set. The game was over after only 1:36 hours.
In the night session, the world number five Tsitsipas did not give the world number two Daniil Medvedev a chance in the top duel. Tsitsipas served well and made few mistakes; Medvedev barely even made it out of the defensive. The match ball was characteristic: When Medvedev served, the Russian hit provocatively from below, directly into the Greek’s one-handed backhand, which turned into the semi-finals.