Stefanos Tsitsipas has buried the Italian Open title hopes of Alexander Zverev, the Greek star edging the most recent Rome version of their semi-final sequence on clay this season.
Tsitsipas scored a superb 4-6 6-3 6-3 comeback victory over Germany’s Olympic champion to earn a spot in Sunday’s remaining.
These two gamers have now met 12 occasions, and Tsitsipas holds an 8-4 head-to-head successful file.
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Three of these matches have come at clay-court ATP 1000 tournaments up to now 4 weeks, with Tsitsipas successful a semi-final on the way in which to the title in Monte Carlo, then dropping to Zverev on the identical stage in Madrid.
This newest instalment in Italy was a gripping contest, because the gamers battled to tackle both Novak Djokovic or Casper Ruud for the title on Sunday.
An early break got here within the seventh recreation when, serving at 30-40, Tsitsipas attacked the web however Zverev hit the web wire on his backhand return.
The deflection disorientated Tsitsipas barely and he volleyed huge, and the one break proved sufficient for the set.
But the Greek broke within the second recreation of the second set, with Zverev serving a double fault on the important second, after which moved decisively forward within the fifth recreation of the decider when Zverev netted on the forehand.
This was a robust win for final 12 months’s French Open runner-up Tsitsipas, who misplaced that championship match from two units up in opposition to Djokovic at Roland Garros.
It carries him via to his first Italian Open remaining, and a twentieth remaining of his ATP profession.
He has an 8-11 file in finals so far, and a tour-leading 31 match wins this season.