“I'm not at a stage anymore where great matches are something that I'm satisfied with. Today nothing, I lost. I'm not in the final,” Zverev said. “Was it a good match? Yeah. But at the end of the day I'm going to fly home tomorrow. There's nothing positive about that.”
Deep beneath the stands of Chatrier, two men with 38 majors between them were pacing.
Nadal and Novak Djokovic were eager to take the court to earn the right to face Tsitsipas.
“Both of them, it will have to be physical, both of them attention to detail, full concentration,” said Tsitsipas, who now owns a tour-leading 22-3 win-loss record on clay this season that includes title runs in Monte Carlo and Lyon.
“There isn't much difference between those two. I feel it's got to be the same commitment and same level of tennis and intensity regardless of who is going to win.”
Celebrations in Greece aren’t about to subside, but Tsitsipas now has two days to recuperate from his most important win. His biggest final awaits.
“For sure that's the first step,” he said. “I haven't finalised it yet.”