Novak Djokovic Expects ‘Tough Challenge’ From Stefanos Tsitsipas at French Open 2020 Semifinals Clash


Djokovic and Tsitsipas

In the middle of tiredness, Novak Djokovic crushed his quarterfinals opponent at Roland Garros on Wednesday. He will face fifth-seeded Greeks Stefanos Tsitsipas for reserving his place in the French Open 2020 finals. However, the top-seeded player predicted the semifinal encounter would be tough for him and his rival.

After a single set down (4-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-4) victory against Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta, the Serb praised his upcoming match opponent Tsitsipas at the press conference. 

World number one Djokovic said of Stefanos, “He’s one of the best players in the world. I mean, deservedly where he is in rankings. He’s been playing tennis of his life really in the last 12 months, winning World Tour Finals, just being very consistent on all surfaces with his results.” 

Djokovic and Tsitsipas

Speaking about world number six on-court skills, Serbian explained his next match rival is a big guy and has several weapons, especially his serve, forehand, and backhand. And while Djokovic reminisces about Tsitsipas’s aggressive play and defense strategy, he expects a lot of spin variation from Greeks as well.    

“He’s Really a Complete, All-around Player”: Djokovic 

Serbian has confirmed his opponent Stefanos has a great team and grew up in the world’s best tennis academy. Consequently, Djokovic went on to say, “He’s really a complete, all-around player. I think he’s one of the hardest-working guys out there.”

While father Apostolos is a primary coach for Tsitsipas, he is also learning lessons in the Patrick Mouratoglou tennis academy in France. 

Djokovic and Tsitsipas

When Djokovic leads Tsitsipas in head to head record(3-2), besides, he confessed, “I expect a really tough, tough match, a tough challenge for both of us.”

In conclusion, 17-times Grand Slam expressed, “I’m hopefully going to be able to feel my best and play my best.” In addition to this, the semifinal match will take place on Friday(9th October).

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