From the huge Boris Becker, to Tommy haas. Never in the history of German tennis has a German player managed to be crowned in Roland Garros. Alexander Zverev eliminated Spaniard Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in three sets, sealed his ticket to the semifinals and dreams of breaking the Germanic spell.
It was the backbone of Becker’s flawless career, which capped six of the other Grand Slam tournaments but fell in all three of his semi-finals in Paris, the last in 1991.
Then it was the turn of Michael Stich, world number two in 1993, winner of 18 ATP tournaments. Stich made it to the final in 1996, and Russia’s Yevgueni Kafelnikov erased him in three sets.
In the modern era of tennis, from 2000 onwards, there was no German presence in the semi-finals. The best performance came from Tommy Haas in 2013, who fell to Novak Djokovic.
The women’s circuit has another history in France. The legend Steffi graf She lifted the cup six times in Paris, for the last time in 1999, with the antecedent of Cilly Aussem, the first German champion in 1931.
Zverev waits for the winner of the duel between Stefanos Tsitsipas and Daniil Medvedev, to continue writing your own story.