Stefanos Tsitsipas became the first Greek player to reach a Grand Slam final after holding off Alexander Zverev’s fightback from two sets down in a tense French Open semi-final.
After losing all three of his previous Grand Slam semi-finals, fifth seed Tsitsipas won 6-3 6-3 4-6 4-6 6-3.
Tsitsipas rediscovered his level in the decider, halting Zverev but missing four match points before serving out.
The 22-year-old faces Novak Djokovic or Rafael Nadal in Sunday’s final.
Serbian top seed Djokovic and long-time Spanish rival Nadal, who is the defending champion and looking for a 14th French Open title, meet later on Friday.
After sealing victory with an ace on his fifth match point, Tsitsipas triumphantly raised both arms in the air before sharing a warm embrace with his opponent at the net.
The Greek then sat back on his chair to contemplate what he had just achieved before being overcome by emotion at the start of his on-court interview.
After taking a few moments to compose himself, Tsitsipas said: “All I can think of is my roots, where I came from, I came from a small place outside Athens.
“My dream was to play here, to play on the big stage of the French Open one day. I never thought I would do it.”
More to follow.