Rome tournament: Tsitsipas overthrows Zverev, Swiatek imposes his law, Djokovic in the running for a 1000th victory … What to remember from the semi-finals

The posters are beautiful, Saturday May 14, in Rome. In the first men’s semi-final, Stefanos Tsitsipas took revenge on Alexander Zverev, in a fierce duel of the new generation. Among the women, Iga Swiatek flew over the debates against Aryna Sabalenka.

Stefanos Tsitsipas regains control over Alexander Zverev

Among the men, Stefanos Tsitsipas emerged victorious from the contested showdown in 2h28 and three sets against Alexander Zverev (4-6, 6-3, 6-3). For their third duel in a month, the two men again fought a fierce duel, after the victory of the Greek in Monte-Carlo, and that of Zverev last week in Madrid.

Giving up the first set on his only conceded break point, Tsitsipas showed himself to be more offensive in the second to take his destiny into his own hands. Late after two capital double faults, including one on a break point, Zverev tried to pick up, in vain. In a tight third set, the German finally cracked the first, ending his match with a shutout conceded on serve. Tsitsipas will meet Sunday in the final the world n°1 Novak Djokovic, or the Norwegian Casper Ruud (10th).

Iga Swiatek passes to 27

Iga Swiatek recorded his 27th consecutive success. Above all, the Pole has further reinforced her status as a favorite before Roland-Garros. After pocketing the trophy in 2020, the one who reached the first place in the world, following the early end of Ashleigh Barty’s career, seems more than ever able to double Auteuil’s bet.

Facing Sabalenka, Swiatek attacked the Belarusian on each of his commitments, the latter winning only 29% of the points behind his first ball. Stewed, the Belarusian slugger had to settle for only crumbs, three games for a dry defeat, 6-2, 6-1. In the final, Swiatek will try to win her fifth consecutive tournament and register a little more like the undisputed boss of the circuit.

The Pole has been flying over her subject since the start of the week in Rome (with four wins without leaving a single set) and more generally since February. Since 2000, only Venus Williams (35, the record), Serena Williams (34) and Justine Henin (32) have done better than the 27 victories in a row obtained so far by the Pole. Swiatek’s last defeat dates back to February 16, in the second round of the Dubai tournament, against Latvian Jelena Ostapenko.

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