The world number 3, Zverev, defeated the teenage sensation Carlos Alcaraz and will now look for a first Major victory over a member of the ‘Big Four’.
“Then I have the 13 times champion, so it’s not easier from there,” he said.
The Olympic champion will reach number 1 in the world for the first time if he wins the title on Sunday. Otherwise, Daniil Medvedev will replace Djokovic in first place. And with last year’s French Open points down on June 13, the German and Russian are guaranteed to take the top two spots. It will be the first time since November 2003 that at least one member of the Big Four will not be in the top two.
Danish teenager Holger Rune accused Casper Ruud of shouting “Yeah!” in the face after the Norwegian had won to face Marin Cilic in today’s other semifinal. Rune said, “This is just a lack of class. I should have had more respect.” But Ruud’s father and coach Christian replied, “It’s just a lie from Holger.”