Tennis Olympic champion Alexander Zverev missed the second Masters final within a week.
Tennis Olympic champion Alexander Zverev missed the second Masters final within a week. The 25-year-old from Hamburg lost in the semifinals in Rome after 2:30 hours of play against the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas 6: 4, 3: 6, 3: 6 and is going to the second Grand Slam tournament of the season in Paris without winning a single title ( from May 22).
“He didn’t give me many opportunities,” said the Greek after his triumph, “I had to work hard for every point.” He was extremely proud of himself “that I gradually read the game better.”
His opponent in the final is Novak Djokovic, against whom he has lost six of the eight duels so far. The world number one from Serbia prevailed late in the evening against the Norwegian Casper Ruud 6: 4, 6: 3.
The win against Ruud was a special one for Djokovic, it was his 1000th success on the ATP tour. Only record man Jimmy Connors (1274) and Roger Federer (1251), Ivan Lendl (1068) and Rafael Nadal (1051) have more to their credit. The “Djoker” had recently failed at the Masters in Madrid in the semi-finals due to young Spanish star Carlos Alcaraz.
In that semi-final in Madrid, Zverev celebrated his first victory over Tsitsipas on sand exactly a week ago, then lost significantly in the final against Alcaraz, who had just turned 19. For Zverev it was the eighth defeat in the twelfth duel with Tsitsipas.
Before the start of the French Open, Zverev still gained self-confidence. The clay court season is going well with two semi-finals (Monte Carlo and Rome) and the final in Madrid – Zverev has only been waiting in vain for the first tournament win of the year. That should change in Roland Garros, but Zverev has not yet won a Grand Slam tournament.
The game started evenly, Zverev handed a break to win the first set. But right in his first service game in round two he made two double mistakes to break. Tsitsipas, for his part, now brought the lead to the finish. In the third set, the man from Hamburg lost his service twice, to make it 2:3 and to make it 2:3.