Stefanos Tsitsipas
Stefanos Tsitsipas

Paris: Stefanos Tsitsipas scripited two new chapters. At the Roland Garros here on Friday, Tsitsipas became the the youngest man to reach a Grand Slam final since Andy Murray at the 2010 Australian Open, and the first Greek in history to achieve that feat, thanks to a 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 4-6, 6-3 victory over sixth-seeded Alexander Zverev.

The 22-year-old is through to the maiden major final of his career and now awaits top-seeded Novak Djokovic or 13-time Roland-Garros champion in the title decider.

The victory ended Tsitsipas' three-match losing streak in Grand Slam semi-finals.

Tsitsipas saved three break points in his opening service game of the fifth set before opening up a 4-1 lead. Zverev saved four match points to hold for 3-5 but it only delayed the Greek's celebration by one game as he sealed the victory with an ace after three hours and 37 minutes of play.

Meanwhile, Barbora Krejcikova has a chance to become the first woman since Mary Pierce in 2000 to sweep the singles and doubles trophies at Roland-Garros after the Czech advanced to the title decider alongside her compatriot Katerina Siniakova with a smooth 6-1, 6-2 victory over Magda Linette and Bernarda Pera on Friday.

Krejcikova, who moved into her first Grand Slam singles final with a gruelling win over Maria Sakkari on Thursday, will gunning for a third women's doubles major silverware on Sunday.

Siniakova and Krejcikova won Roland-Garros and Wimbledon together in 2018. Krejcikova will return to the No.1 spot in the doubles rankings should she triumph with her partner in two days' time.

The 2020 Roland-Garros singles champion Iga Swiatek and American two-time Roland-Garros women's doubles champion Bethanie Mattek-Sands will be Siniakova and Krejcikova's opponents in the final.

Swiatek, through to her first Grand Slam doubles final, and Mattek-Sands defeated Nadia Podoroska and Irina-Camelia Begu 6-3, 6-4 in 94 minutes.

In an all-French boys' singles semi-final showdown, Orange Bowl champion and No.14 seed Arthur Fils edged out his doubles partner Giovanni Mpetshi Perricard 3-6, 6-3, 7-6(5) to reach the first junior Grand Slam final of his young career.

On a historic day in Paris, where the entire boys' singles semi-finals line-up was comprised of French players for the first time in Grand Slam history, Fils battled past Mpetshi Perricard in two hours and nine minutes and will now take on Luca Van Assche, who defeated Sean Cuenin 7-5, 6-4.

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