Stefanos Tsitsipas French Open 2021

‘My job is to fight, and that’s what I did,’ declares tearful Tsitsipas after win


Stefanos Tsitsipas was truly emotional after reaching his maiden Grand Slam final after defeating Alexander Zverev at Roland Garros.

The Greek superstar held off a comeback from the German to win 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 4-6, 6-3 in three hours and forty minutes on-court.

“All I can think of is my roots, where I came from,” Tsitsipas said with tears in his eyes during his post-match interview. “I came from a really small place outside Athens.

“My dream was to play here, to play on the biggest stage of the French Open one day. I would have never thought that I would [achieve that dream].

“It was nerve-wracking, it was so intense. We got to the fifth set, first game, I think it was the most important game of the fifth set.”

Serving first in the fifth, Tsitsipas was 0-40 down facing three break points, before winning five points in a row to hold before eventually breaking for 3-1, holding each time from there to win the match.

“I came back, I stayed alive, I had the crowd with me, they were cheering me on, they were giving me their energy.

“I still felt like there was hope, I still felt there were opportunities for me to fight back and do something.

“[My] only job is to go out there and fight, and that’s what I did. It was very difficult, very emotional.

“I went through a lot of phases of emotional breakdowns but this win means a lot, this win is the most important of my career so far.”

Tsitsipas awaits either Rafael Nadal or Novak Djokovic for the battle to become 2021 Roland Garros champion.

Stefanos Tsitsipas French Open 2021
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