Olympic champion Alexander Zverev missed the final entry at the clay court tournament in Rome. The 25-year-old lost 6: 4, 3: 6, 3: 6 in a good two and a half hours on Saturday in the semi-finals against the Greeks. The world ranking fifth Tsitsipas will meet the Serbs Novak Djokovic on Sunday at the Masters 1000 tournament in Italy, who was able to assert himself 6: 4, 6: 3 against Norwegian Casper Ruud in the second semi-finals.
The world ranking third Zverev caught a good start in the twelfth duel against the two places of poorer tsitsipas, won the first set. But in the second round, the 23 -year -old Greek came into play better and better, but Zverev made too many mistakes. In the third set, Tsitsipas achieved the decisive break in the fifth game – Zverev gave his opponent the breakball with his fourth double mistake of the game.
permanent rival in the semi -finals
In the third semi -finals this year between the two world -class players, the Greek did not celebrate his second victory undeserved. In Madrid a week ago he had lost in three sets against Zverev, previously Tsitsipas had clearly won in two rounds in Monte Carlo. Overall, it was the eighth victory for the Greek tennis professional.
After the victory against Tsitsipas in the previous week, Zverev had had no chance in the Madrid final against the Spanish young star Carlos Alcaraz. For the French Open that start on May 22nd, the Olympic champion still has room for improvement.