The world No.1 continues his bid for a second Roland-Garros title as Tsitsipas targets a maiden Grand Slam final. The men’s semi-finals line-up at Roland-Garros can hardly be called a surprise, Roland-Garros said on its official website on Thursday.
“In the bottom half of the draw, 12-time champion Rafael Nadal faces Italian Open finalist Diego Schwartzman while in the top half, dominant world No.1 Novak Djokovic confronts Hamburg finalist and his fellow deep thinker, Stefanos Tsitsipas. The latter pair both won rematches on Wednesday.”
“Djokovic overcame Pablo Carreno Busta after being defaulted in their unforgettable clash at the US Open last month and Tsitsipas turned the tables on Andrey Rubley, his conqueror in the Hamburg finale 10 days prior.”
“Tsitsipas was almost out of Roland-Garros at the first hurdle, having to rally from two sets down against Jaume Munar, who is mentored by Nadal.”
“Making his first semi-final in Paris is likely even sweeter for the 22-year-old Greek sensation given what transpired in New York. Though not as seismic compared to Djokovic’s plight, Tsitsipas fell to Borna Coric after he led two sets to one, held a 5-1 advantage in the fourth and had six match points.”
“A win for Tsitsipas on Friday books a spot in a first Grand Slam final as Djokovic bids for his…27th.”