The Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas (N.6), who surprised the six-time Masters winner Roger Federer (6-3 and 6-4), and the Austrian Dominic Thiem (No. 5), who beat the current champion Alexander Zverev (7 -5 and 6-3), will play this Sunday the final of a competition that will add a new champion to their medal winners.
Greece or Austria will have their first winner of the Masters Tournament. In the first semifinal Tsitsipas was able to overcome the tough comeback he suffered against Rafael Nadal on Friday, when he won the first set and lost the game in almost three hours.
And although he had a less rest day than Federer, he showed that energy and inspiration were on his side.
If Thiem won, who dominates in the previous 4-2 clashes, with 3-1 on the hard track, he would appear on Monday at number four in the world, ahead of the Russian Daniil Medvedev, and only being surpassed by the Spanish Rafael Nadal, the Serbian Novak Djokovic and Swiss Roger Federer.
The Chilean Nicolas Massu, coach of Thiem, who had flown to Madrid to join the Davis Cup team that participates next week in the Magic Box, returned to the London O2, to lead his pupil in this semifinal, which Thiem won in 94 minutes
Thiem arrives at the final having won two of the three games of the group stage, beating Federer and then Djokovic, and yielding only to Italian Matteo Berrettini, when he reserved to be fresh for the semifinals.
His rival in the final will be a specially motivated man, who won Rafael Nadal on Friday in two hours and 52 minutes, and despite this wear and tear he was able to cancel the record man of the tournament, winner on six occasions, the Swiss Roger Federer.
The Greek player is the second youngest to reach the final since Argentina's Juan Martin del Potro in 2009 (one month less). The Swiss, however, has not won this tournament for eight years when he defeated the Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the final.
“I am very proud of me today, it was a great performance. I had fun on the track and in games so you discover how you can recover from the difficulties, ”said Tsitsipas, 21. "It's a great dream come true, it's one of the best and most prestigious tournaments of the year and I'm lucky to play the final," said the Austrian.
TIME: 16:00 GMT (15:00 ARG-URU-CHI / 13:00 COL-PER-MEX)