Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Alexander Zverev, French Open 2021: live score and latest updates from semi-final

Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Alexander Zverev, French Open 2021: live score and latest updates from semi-final

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Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Alexander Zverev, French Open 2021: live score and latest updates - AFP

Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Alexander Zverev, French Open 2021: live score and latest updates – AFP

01:22 PM

Tsitsipas* 4-1 Zverev

Zverev is being outclassed at the moment with Tsitsipas in total control of the match.

Tsitsipas holds to love easily.

01:20 PM

Tsitsipas 3-1 Zverev*

Zverev gets himself into the match with a hold of serve to 30.

01:14 PM

Tsitsipas* 3-0 Zverev

It is not a break of serve unless you consolidate and Tsitsipas is pushed to 40-30 by Zverev. Tsitsipas is then given a 25 second time violation by the umpire.

But he holds to build a big lead.

01:09 PM

Tsitsipas 2-0 Zverev*

Back-to-back double faults from Zverev, 15-30. Tsitsipas then gets his man on the run and draws the error. Two break points.

The first is saved with an ace. But not the second as Zverev puts a forehand wide. Early break for Tsitispas.

01:05 PM

First set: Stefanos Tsitsipas* 1-0 Alexander Zverev (*denotes server)

Tsitsipas won the toss and opted to serve first. And he makes a fast start, getting to 30-0.

But the Greek double faults to make it 30-30. Then a backhand long makes it deuce.

However he holds to start the match.

12:59 PM

Game on

12:56 PM

The players are out

Tsitsipas and Zverev walk on to a warm reception for the crowd.

It’s a blazing hot day in Paris.

12:50 PM

Good afternoon!

Hello and welcome to men’s semi-final day at the French Open.

It promises to be a dramatic day at Roland Garros and it all begins with Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Alexander Zverev.

Tsitsipas leads the head-to-head 5-2 but both have had strong performances on the clay this season.

Tennis fans have long waited for consistent performances from Tsitsipas and Zverev in the Slams and they are two wins away from a maiden major title.

And speaking ahead of the match, six-time Grand Slam champion Boris Becker believes the showdown will be a mental battle.

“Now it’s a mental thing: Who will stay cooler? Who has the greater will? Tsitsipas can do everything quite well,” he said.

“I can’t find any weaknesses, especially on clay – whether it’s his serve, groundstrokes or fitness. And he feels comfortable on the big stage. I see the two of them fighting for the crown together with Medvedev over the next few years. So this is just the first of many more big matches between Tsitsipas and Zverev.

“For me, Zverev has the most power. When he hits, there’s no stopping him. But he can only do that when he’s relatively close to the baseline and plays a bit more offensively. That’s the difference to all the others who are still in the tournament. But he has to do it.

“In the quarterfinal, he was a bit too passive in my opinion, he played too long rallies. If he acts a little more offensively, a little more risky, maybe he’ll make a few more mistakes, but then he can beat any player in the world.

“I’m not a clairvoyant, but the top favorite for me remains Nadal, that hasn’t changed. At some point, the successors have to come. Nadal can’t rule Paris forever. I also see that Djokovic can win such a tournament, but Tsitsipas and Zverev are also almost on a par.

“For me, it’s just a question of time.”

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