World number one, Novak Djokovic, and Greek sensation, Stefanos Tsitsipas will go head-to-head on Friday for a place in the French Open men’s singles semi-final.
Djokovic, who’s seeking the second French Open title of his career, has worked his way through the section of his draw at Roland Garros in sublime fashion. He breezed to the quarterfinals without the loss of a set, before battling past a nagging pain and an inspired Pablo Carreno Busta in four sets: 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-4 – to reach the semifinals.
The 33-year-old, who hasn’t been beaten on a tennis court this year, will hope he’s back to peak condition when he takes on Stefanos Tsitsipas on Court Philippe Chatrier on Friday evening.
Tsitsipas, the tournament’s fifth seed, has been equally sensational so far. The 22-year-old, save for a five-set battle against unseeded Spaniard, Juame Munar in the opening round, has moved into the semifinals without surrendering a set, beating seeded players, Grigor Dimitrov and Andrey Rublev along the way.
Tsitsipas has been in great form since winning the ATP World Tour Finals in November last year. Since then, he’s made three finals on Tour, winning one – the Open 13 in Marseille in February. Can he produce yet another clean performance and reach his first Grand Slam final?
Tsitsipas has equalled his best Grand Slam run, which he made at the 2019 Australian Open by reaching the last four here, in Paris. He’s playing with so much confidence at the moment and will be eager to reach his first major final. However, he will face a different kind of test in Djokovic.
The super Serb has won five titles this year, including the ATP Cup and Australian Open. His only blemish so far was at the US Open last month where he was disqualified after accidentally hitting a line official with a spare ball in the fourth round. He was the red-hot favourite in that tournament. He is also a title-favourite in this French Open. He should be too good for Tsitsipas.
Novak Djokovic vs Stefanos Tsitsipas Stats
- Djokovic and Tsitsipas are meeting for the first time in a Grand Slam
- Both men are tied 3-3 in career head-to-head meetings, with Djokovic winning their most recent encounter 6-3, 6-4 at the 2020 Dubai Championship final in February.
- Djokovic has won 38 completed matches in 2020, dropping 2 sets in his last 10 matches.
- Djokovic has won 17 Grand Slams. Roger Federer holds the record of most Grand Slams won in men’s tennis, with 20.
- Tsitsipas is 9-1 in his last 10 matches and has lost 7 sets in his previous 11 matches.
- Tsitsipas’ best result at the French Open was a fourth-round finish in 2019.
- Djokovic’s best result at the French Open was in 2016 when he won the title – his only French Open title to date.
Tsitsipas serves powerfully and has a big forehead. His backhand is also very effective and capable of doing plenty of damages. But Djokovic’s unrivalled balance between incisive offense and a nigh-impenetrable defense should frustrate the young Greek.
The 17-time Grand Slam winner is in outstanding form, has the experience, the superior quality, and should be good enough to outlast Tsitsipas and reach yet another Grand Slam final.
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