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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