A Deep Dive Into Novak Djokovic And Stefanos Tsitsipas’ Rivalry | ATP Tour


On Sunday in Paris, Novak Djokovic will look to lift his nineteenth Grand Slam title when he takes on first-time main finalist Stefanos Tsitsipas within the Roland Garros closing.

Djokovic enters the showdown on the heels of a powerful four-set win over 13-time champion Rafael Nadal, whereas Tsitsipas managed to subdue Alexander Zverev in 5 units. Each Djokovic and Tsitsipas have been enjoying a few of their finest clay-court tennis this season and, if their historical past is any indication, Sunday’s closing must be a extremely aggressive one.

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World No. 1 Djokovic sits atop the FedEx ATP Rankings and, with a win, can take first place from Tsitsipas within the calendar-year FedEx ATP Race To Turin, which this 12 months will decide the coveted year-end World No. 1 title after the Nitto ATP Finals.

Sunday will mark Djokovic’s sixth Roland Garros closing. He gained the title in 2016 and if he can triumph once more Sunday he’ll change into the primary man within the Open Period to finish the profession Grand Slam twice. (He has gained the Australian Open 9 occasions, Wimbledon 5 occasions and the US Open 3 times.)

Djokovic leads their ATP Head2Head Sequence 5-2, together with his two losses approaching laborious courts in Toronto in 2018 and in Shanghai in 2019. Djokovic has gained all three of their clay-court conferences they usually’ve performed best-of-five units simply as soon as, at Roland Garros final 12 months.

Under, ATPTour.com displays on 4 of their seven conferences which have gone the gap.

Nationwide Financial institution Open Offered by Rogers 2018: Tstisipas def. Djokovic 6-3, 6-7(5), 6-3
The summer season of 2018 was Tsitsipas’ breakthrough when he established himself as a real risk on the high echelon of the sport. On the time, the Greek was on the cusp of leaving his teenagers and ranked No. 27 on the planet.

His third-round win over Djokovic in Toronto was an enormous turning level and it proved to the world that Tsitsipas had the skillset to beat anybody. He’d go all the best way to the ultimate of the ATP Masters 1000 that 12 months (l. to Nadal). Closing out the season by profitable the NextGen ATP Finals trophy in Milan additional set Tstisipas up for greater and higher issues in 2019.

Rolex Shanghai Masters 2019: Tstisipas def. Djokovic 3-6, 7-5, 6-3
Whereas Djokovic was ranked No. 1 on the time, Tstisipas was enjoying a few of his finest tennis ever within the fall of 2019. The comeback win over the Serbian in quarter-finals of Shanghai would clinch Tsitsipas’ place within the Nitto ATP Finals in London and mark Tsitsipas’ first win over a World No. 1.

A couple of weeks later, Tsitsipas would shock many by profitable the season finale for his greatest title but. He’d end the 12 months inside the High 10 for the primary time.

Roland Garros 2020: Djokovic def. Tstisipas, 6-3, 6-2, 5-7, 4-6, 6-1

Within the semi-finals of Roland Garros in October, Djokovic had full management over Tsitsipas by main two units to like and holding a match level within the third set. As an alternative of working away with the win, the 34-year-old let the Greek again within the match.

Initially, the Serbian’s protection and court docket protection was an excessive amount of for Tsitsipas, who was pressured to go for riskier photographs. As an alternative of slipping away within the third set, Tsitsipas dug in and commenced firing extra persistently, significantly off his backhand wing, to get himself again within the match. Regardless of the drama, Djokovic by no means appeared like he was down and stayed calm to run away with the fifth set. He would hit 56 winners for his thirty seventh win in 38 matches. 

It was simply Tsitsipas’ second main semi-final look, whereas a fatigued Djokovic would come up flat in opposition to Nadal within the closing, dropping in straight units.

Internazionali BNL d’Italia 2021: Djokovic def. Tstitsipas 4-6, 7-5, 7-5
This 12 months’s clay-court swing has been Tsitsipas’ finest displaying ever. The World No. 5 picked up his first ATP Masters 1000 title in Monte-Carlo and added a second clay crown in Lyon, main the tour with 39 wins in 2021.

Regardless of all of that red-hot momentum, Djokovic managed to subdue him in Rome on his approach to the ultimate for his fourth win in a row over the Greek. Because of rain, their semi-final battle performed out throughout two days, and Tsitsipas twice led by a break within the deciding set, even serving for the match at 5-4.


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