Tsitsipas Will Seek The Cup In Rome | ATP Tours

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 Tsitsipas Will Seek The Cup In Rome |  ATP Tours

A growing force on brick dust. Stefanos Tsitsipas reached the Internazionali BNL d’Italia final on Saturday after coming from behind German Alexander Zverev, beating the world No. 3 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 in two hours and 27 minutes of play. After revalidating the cup in Monte Carlo, the Greek wants to underline in Rome an authority without limits on the surface.

“It is one of those tournaments that have more history in our sport,” said Tsitsipas. “This is one of the most beautiful stadiums on the circuit and you feel there is a lot of history in these tracks. I feel very proud to be part of an event as historic as this.”

The player from Athens, who one year won the first two sets in the Roland Garros final, continues to earn respect on clay. For the first time in his career he has managed to reach two ATP Masters 1000 finals on the surface in the same season, making him in his own right one of the most respected players in this stretch of the calendar.

Under a sunny day at the Foro Italico, two of the main figures of the circuit threw themselves into a relentless duel. Between two players who have already reached ATP Masters 1000 finals on clay in 2022, the strength of the shots was a constant on both sides of the net, resulting in a match full of spectacular points.

Equality was paramount in a first heat competed with pure heart, decided in a fortuitous way at an unexpected point. Zverev converted the only break point of the set in a stroke of fortune, overcoming a climb into the net by Tsitsipas with a touch on the tape that rendered the Greek’s effort useless. Without blinking with the opportunity in his hands, the German closed the sleeve with the service intact.

If Stefanos has shown anything on clay it is his ability to survive no matter the outcome. A double fault from Zverev made it 2-0 to the Greek as soon as the second quarter began, giving him a breath of fresh air that he knew how to take advantage of. Although Alexander threatened to level the score immediately, Tsitsipas’s loose hitting allowed him to level the match.

“The heat has not been easy,” said Stefanos, who competed in temperatures above 30 degrees. “It’s been tough, but I prefer weather like this to rain. I don’t see a cloud and I always try to see the positive side.”

The decisive sleeve showed a mature Tsitsipas in the defining moments. The Greek went through a tense set without making any unforced errors, protecting the bottom line against a much more attack-oriented Zverev. With greater risks, a double fault and a right to the net condemned the German again in the fifth game (3-2), an advantage that Tsitsipas made definitive. The Greek clung to the clay until closing the match blank to the rest, with a backhand cross from Zverev in the hall as the final sentence.

The Greek became this Saturday the first player capable of coming back from a match against Zverev in 2022. The player with the most wins of the season (31), Tsitsipas continues to find solutions like no other to move the matches forward. Something that fills the World No. 5 with pride.

“I have been able to dominate myself. At the beginning of the first set I had the feeling that I was making the same mistakes with my service, but I managed to recover in the second and third sets. I have relied on my weapons, and I have used them in a smart,” he explained. “Alexander has given me a huge job on every point. I’m proud of the way I’ve turned the match around. I’ve been able to read what I needed.”

In one of the hottest rivalries on the ATP Tour, Tsitsipas managed to increase his dominance over Zverev in ATP Head2Head history (8-4), including an even greater lead in their clashes on clay (4-1). Having met in the semi-finals of all three ATP Masters 1000s on the surface in 2022, victories in Monte-Carlo and Rome launch Tsitsipas into direct clash.

Tsitsipas has reached five ATP Masters 1000 finals in his career. The climb to the final match at the Foro Italico joins the finals played at the Rogers Cup in Toronto (2018), the Mutua Madrid Open (2019) and the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters (2021-22). An increasingly common name in the decisive rounds in the gold category of the ATP Tour.

After an impressive week, the responsibility to take the final step. Tsitsipas will seek the Internazionali BNL d’Italia cup against the winner of the second semi-final between World No. 1 Novak Djokovic and fifth-seeded Casper Ruud.

Did you know…?
Stefanos Tsitsipas will attempt to become the sixth active player to win at least three ATP Masters 1000 singles clay-court titles. The Greek, contender for his first cup at the Foro Italico, will seek to follow in the footsteps of Rafael Nadal (26), Novak Djokovic (10), Roger Federer (6), Andy Murray (3) and Alexander Zverev (3).

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