WATCH: Alexander Zverev Pulls Off an Unbelievable 27-Shot Rally During Intense Battle Against Stefanos Tsitsipas at French Open 2021

Published 06/11/2021, 12:10 PM EDT
Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 11, 2021 Germany’s Alexander Zverev reacts during his semi final match against Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes


Alexander Zverev completed a stunning comeback from 2-0 down in the French Open 2021 semifinal against Stefanos Tsitsipas. And a 27-shot rally which he won while serving for the fourth set was his statement of intent.

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Alexander Zverev in action during his semi final match against Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier

Serving for the fourth set at 5-4, Zverev found himself, 0-15 down. In the next point that 27 shot rally came into being. Initially, Tsitsipas returned Zverev’s serve towards his backhand. Then both the players played cross court towards each other’s backhands.

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While Zverev stuck to his preferred backhand, Tsitsipas had his inside-out forehand. Then Zverev switched sides and attacked with his forehand towards Tsitsipas’ forehand. The Greek did his best to defend the fast forehands from the German. And as Tsitsipas was struggling in the rally, he stretched and hit a forehand slice that landed near the net.

Zverev then returned the low ball towards Tsitsipas’ backhand. And Tsitsipas hit the ball right towards Zverev’s body. But Zverev produced the best drop shot of the match as the ball landed perfectly on the line as the crowd went berserk. Zverev then took control of his service game and served out the set to level the match, 2-2.

Alexander Zverev makes a comeback against Stefanos Tsitsipas at French Open 2021

Stefanos Tsitsipas in action during his semi-final match against Germany’s Alexander Zverev REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

Initially, Tsitsipas was racing with the match. Zverev’s forehand was not firing despite Tsitsipas making mistakes and sometimes giving free points to Zverev. Tsitsipas took the first set easily without facing much pressure on his serve. And later Tsitsipas would increase his stronghold over the match by winning the second set as well, 6-3, 6-3.

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However, the World No.5 saw himself quickly down a break in the third set. In the later stages of the set, Zverev was involved in a heated argument with the chair umpire regarding an ‘out’ call. But he didn’t let it affect him and he quickly wrapped up the set, 6-4. From there he continued his comeback, and eventually took the fourth set as well, 6-4.

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Bhavishya Mittal is a tennis author for EssentiallySports, who is currently pursuing his Bachelor's degree in Journalism from Manipal University. A former sports editor for The Manipal Journal, Bhavishya has also worked for The New Indian Express. He has a keen eye for many sports but he is a particularly ardent follower of tennis, with a zest to create riveting articles on the ever-evolving sport.

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