First participation and first final for Stefanos Tsitsipas ! The Greek, who was dropped as the face of Rafael Nadal in the group stage, took the best on a Roger Federer who was most of the time that the shadow of himself on the court of the O2 Arena in London. If the former world number 1 has had a strong start to the match by offering a ball break as soon as the first game, he then collapsed to concede too easily, its implementation in the game. A break which has been put to the test in the seventh game, where Stefanos Tsitsipas has had to save three balls débreak face a Roger Federer who is rebiffé. The Swiss did the same in the last game of the round, missing two opportunities to pick up before succumbing to the seventh ball set (6-3 in 47 minutes). The second set began almost the same compared to the first with a break fast of the Greek, but, this time, Roger Federer was able to reattach it… for better yield in the wake of his service. A third break in three games, which was the turning point of this semi-final as the Swiss was never able to get back up, despite a burst of pride, and two balls of débreak in the final game of the match. But, not destabilized, Stefanos Tsitsipas has tight game and followed that up four consecutive points to put an end to this semi-final in one direction (6-3, 6-4 in 1h36’) in which Roger Federer appears to be eminently frustrated. The Greek, for its part, will be able to prepare for the first final of his career at such a level, in the face Dominic Thiem or the title holder, Alexander Zverev.
The holding fell in the face Thiem
This Sunday, Stefanos Tsitsipas will face Dominic Thiem for the last title of the season’s ATP. Against the title holder, Alexander Zverev, the Austrian needed only two rounds to validate his ticket to the first final of the Masters of his career. It is, however, the German, who seemed the most at ease in the first round, offering a ball break in the third and fifth games. But Dominic Thiem was able to meet each time to prick at the very last moment. Enjoying a game, the less strong his opponent, the 5th best player in the world has been able to hit them where it hurt, and, at the second opportunity, winning the first set (7-5 in 52 minutes). The beginning of the second set is summary games service operators, including three white and one where Dominic Thiem has conceded a point. But, since then, everything has changed. Pushed to its limits by Alexander Zverev, the Austrian was able to back his opponent, the third ball break, switch to the semi-final. The German has had two opportunities to get back up and hope to retain his title, but Dominic Thiem was unsinkable in this meeting and it is the first ball of the match that sealed the fate of the encounter (7-5, 6-3 1: 35:) to join Stefanos Tsitsipas. This will be the seventh duel between the two players, the second this year after the final in Beijing, won by the Austrian.
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Taking the title : Alexander Zverev (GER)
Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE) – Dominic Thiem (AUT)
Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE) beats Roger Federer (SUI) : 6-3, 6-4
Dominic Thiem (AUT) beating Alexander Zverev (ALL) : 7-5, 6-3
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