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  1. Voo de Mar says:
    Points won by each set: | 30-24, 31-26, 27-32, 23-28, 34-25 |
    Points won directly behind the serve:
    28 % Tsitsipas – 40 of 138
    28 % Zverev – 41 of 142

    The stakes were high, both young players were tense and they were poorly playing in the first hour. The Greek [5] was committing fewer errors and thanks to that he took the opener, but was trailing *0:3 (0/15) in the 2nd set. Two games later he struck his first winner other than ace (!) and managed to win six straight games. Another two sets collected Zverev [6] by a margin of two games, but in both sets he established his dominance early. The German led 40/0 on Tsitsipas’ serve in the opening game of the decider, but for the first time in the match he was unable to break creating a chance, and lost his serve at 1:2. In the 8th game he fought off four match points, but Tsitsipas stayed cool and finished the contest with an ace to secure his berth in the major final for the first time… This match reminded me of the French Open ’89 semifinal: similar progress of the match, similar age of blond-haired participants (Edberg 23, Becker 22 – Tsitsipas 23, Zverev 24) and their similar status in the tennis hierarchy comparing decades of being born (Edberg & Becker were Top 4 players born in the 60s, Tsitsipas & Zverev very likely will be remembered as Top 4 players of those born in the 90s).

    Serve & volley: Tsitsipas 1/1, Zverev 2/3
    Dropshots: Tsitsipas 6/15, Zverev 4/7

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