Led two sets to zero in his first round against Jaume Munar, Stefanos Tsitsipas had to draw on his resources to avoid another setback in Grand Slam this season. Eliminated in the 3rd round of the Australian Open and the US Open, the Greek this time managed to re-mobilize to recover a handicap of two sets, a first in his young career. Already semi-finalist of the Australian Open last year (beaten by Nadal), the world number 5 has an appointment with another big piece this Friday in the person of Novak Djokovic. “I already didn’t expect to play the semi-final at the Australian Open. It’s a dream to find myself in the semi-finals here. I hope to triumph in Grand Slam since I was very young. I think I can learn from the previous experience. I’m aiming for great results ”, explained Tsitsipas after his convincing victory over Andrei Rublev in the quarter-finals.
Tsitsipas prefers to play it modest
To aim for his first Grand Slam title here in Paris, Tsitispas will inevitably have to overcome first world No.1, then possibly Rafael Nadal in the final. Asked about the possibility that a youngster like him could shake up the hierarchy established on the world circuit for many years now, the 22-year-old does not prefer to come too far: “We are forced to admit that the big three are been around for a long time, but I think things will be different in the next five or six years. As if to relieve the pressure, Tsitipas prefers to move forward in the shadows, not hesitating to exaggerate the number of years in which the Big 3 will still be present.
Not enough to mitigate the vigilance of Djokovic before the first clash between the two men in Grand Slam: “He is one of the best players in the world. He plays the tennis of his life. In the last twelve months he won the Masters. It is very consistent in its results on all surfaces. His game is complete. He’s a great player. His serve and forehand are weapons. He puts a lot of effect on his backhand. He comes to the net. He can play aggressively and defend well because he moves so well. He’s really a very complete player. I think he’s one of the hardest-working players. I expect a very difficult challenge for both of us. It remains to be seen in what state will appear on the court the Serbian who showed signs of physical fragility during his quarter-final against Pablo Carreno Busta.