Tsitsipas becomes first Greek to win Grand Slam

Stefanos Tsitsipas (ATP-5) has qualified for the final of Roland Garros. If he can win the final on Sunday as well, Tsitsipas will become the first Greek player to win a Grand Slam.

The Greek defeated German Alexander Zverev (ATP-6) in five sets. After 3 hours 37 minutes it was 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 4-6 and 6-3. This is the first time for Tsitsipas that he has qualified for the final of a Grand Slam. If he wins on Sunday’s final, he can create even more history.

Greece is not a tennis country, but Tsitsipas is doing everything he can to turn that tide. He was the first Greek to count himself among the five best tennis men in the world. And also the first Greek to win an ATP title. So many first places in my home country. Tsitsipas’s ultimate dream is also to reach first place in the ATP rankings.

The Greek is only 22 years old, but he has already made a name for himself in the international tennis world. At the age of seventeen, Tsitsipas made an appearance on the professional circuit. Two years later he won his first ATP title in Stockholm. Now, five years later, the counter stands at seven titles, including the famous tournament in Monte Carlo. Tsitsipas proved to be the best on the hard court three times on clay.

Sisyphus work

The next logical step in Tsitsipas’ rapid ascent on the tennis circuit is to win the Grand Slam. But then he will have to pass Rafael Nadal or Novak Djokovic in the final. The first is the record holder in Paris with no less than fourteen tournament victories. The world is at number two.

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Nadal and Tsitsipas have faced each other nine times. It should come as no surprise that Nadal won most of those doubles. Amazingly, however, Tsitsipas defeats Nadal in the lion’s den and underground. Nadal lost in the Madrid tournament two years ago. Tsitsipas is certainly not without opportunity, but Nadal naturally has a special bond with Paris.

Tsitsipas was also able to win twice against Djokovic. Always on hard court. He could not defeat the Serbs with mud. With five wins out of seven matches, the balance is tilted in Djokovic’s favor. So the Greek Adonis would have to do a strong sample of Sisyphoid work on Sunday.

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