In a star studded Next Gen clash, Stefanos Tsitsipas plays Alexander Zverev in the semi-finals of the 2021 French Open on Friday, June 11th. Get the live streaming options of this Stefanos Tsitsipas v Alexander Zverev match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Stefanos Tsitsipas v Alexander Zverev Head To Head
This will be the eighth meeting between the players. Tsitsipas leads the head-to-head 5-2. Zverev won their last meeting at Acupulco earlier this year after Tsitsipas had won five in a row. Their only meeting on clay was in 2019 at the Madrid quarter-finals, which Tsitsipas won.
Strong Medvedev Victory For Tsitsipas
22-year-old Stefanos Tsitipas has had a strong season thus far. Starting the year with consecutive wins at the ATP Cup and a semi-final showing at the Aussie Open (defeating Rafa Nadal en route), Tsitsipas continued his strong run despite missing out on titles, notably at the ATP 500 final at Acupulco against Alexander Zverev.
The Greek’s strong run continued on clay where he won his first ever Masters 1000 at Monte Carlo as well as winning the ATP 250 in Lyon and being one point away from clinching the Barcelona ATP 500 final against Rafael Nadal. Tsitsipas came to the French Open as third in line among favorites for the title behind Rafa Nadal and Novak Djokovic and has so far looked on course for a deep run.
The fifth seed played a good match overall after a difficult start in his opener against French veteran Jeremy Chardy and then followed it up with a clinical showing against Spaniard Pedro Martinez. It was never going to be easy against the big serving American John Isner in the round of 32 and as expected it was not, but the Greek prevailed in four sets.
A clinical showing against Pablo Carreno Busta followed and Tsitsipas was in the final eight against a player he had a 1-6 record against, i.e. Daniel Medvedev. The Greek started strong breaking early and taking the first set 6-3. Just as it looked like he was running away with the match up a break in the second, the Russian broke back and the set went into a tiebreak. Tsitsipas was clinical in the tie-break and closed it 7-3 and looking all set for another French Open semi-final.
Medvedev did not let his foot off the pedal though and broke early in the third, only for Tsitsipas to break back for what looked like looming another tie-break. At 5-6 in the third set, some uncharacteristic errors from the Russian saw him down match-point and an uncalled for underhand serve by him saw the Greek hit the winning forehand.
Tsitsipas is now in the French Open semi-final for the second year in a row and will fancy his chances for a first ever slam final.
Zverev Clinical But Yet To Beat A Top Ten At Major
World No. 6 Alexander Zverev came to Paris confident at the back of two titles this year already, one at the Mexican Open but more relevant being his Masters 1000 win in Madrid defeating the likes of Rafael Nadal, Dominic Thiem and Matteo Berrettinni.
With what appeared to be a safe draw, Zverev surprised all being down two sets to love against little known compatriot Oscar Otte on day one, but came back strong to win in five sets. It has been smooth sailing for him since having defeated Russian qualifier Roman Safiullin and then Serbian Laslo Dere in comfortable straight sets.
Up against Kei Nishikori in the round of 16, it was a clinical Zverev performance dropping only six games against a regular Grand Slam quarter-finalist at one point, for what was a convincing victory adding immensely to his moral.
If that was anything to go by, he started as a strong favorite against in-form Spaniard Alejandro Davidovich Fokina, with a scratchy first set from both players, seeing the German go ahead 6-4. It was clinical from Zverev thereafter and with an identical score to that against Nishikori, he was in another major semi-final.
A key battle against Tsitsipas awaits as the German will know that he is yet to beat a top ten ranked player in a Grand Slam and this is the opportune time to set that record as he eyes a second major final after his 2020 US Open runner-up title.
Tsitsipas v Zverev Prediction and Tip
Although the match-up has favored Tsitsipas, both players are playing excellent tennis at the moment. Tsitsipas will be confident after the Medvedev win and the season he has had, and Zverev has looked clinical after a shaky opening round and looks to be in the touch that won him the Madrid Masters 1000.
An evenly matched semi-final ahead, with the Greek to win in four tight sets and make his first ever major final.