‘I went through a lot of emotional breakdowns in semi,’ admits Stefanos Tsitsipas

Stefanos Tsitsipas said he was proud of his fight after he overcame an Alexander Zverev surge to reach the French Open final.

It will be the Greek’s first appearance in a Grand Slam final but it was one he certainly had to work for.

Tsitsipas appeared to be in control when he led 2-0, but Zverev came back to level the match.

However, the German’s comeback was in vein, with Tsitsipas winning the decider.

“I came back, I stayed alive,” Tsitsipas said. “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 also allowed himself a moment to touch on his journey, and admitted he never dreamed he’d be able to reach a Grand Slam final.

“All I can think of is my roots, where I came from,” a teary Tsitsipas said. “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.”

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