Stefanos Tsitsipas regrets: 'I could have beaten Novak Djokovic in Paris

Sunny014

Legend
Stefanos Tsitsipas played on a high level at Roland Garros in the previous two seasons, reaching the semis in 2020 and the title clash this June. On both occasions, Stefanos lost to Novak Djokovic in five sets, keeping world no.1 on the court for eight hours in those two clashes before ending on the losing side and missing a chance to earn a Major glory. This year's Roland Garros was Stefanos' first Major final, and he stood a set away from becoming a champion before Novak prevailed 6-7, 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 after four hours and 11 minutes to keep the Greek empty-handed.

It was a heartbreaking loss for Tsitsipas, who missed a chance of becoming the youngest Roland Garros winner since Rafael Nadal in 2008. The Greek stated that he does not understand what happened after the second set that he won comfortably, losing ground and never regaining his A-game after feeling inferior to Novak.

Djokovic got broken thrice in the opening two sets before shifting into a higher gear, dominating serve and return in the rest of the clash to leave the youngster behind and extend his dominance at Majors. In the opening game, Stefanos saved two break points to avoid an early setback and created a set point at 4-5.
Djokovic saved it after a 25-stroke rally and secured a break to open a 6-5 advantage. Ready to fight, Stefanos broke back to introduce a tie break, where he saved a set point at 5-6 and claimed the last three points to gain a massive boost after almost 70 minutes of a grueling battle.
Stefanos lost five points behind the initial shot in set number two and turned ten return points into two breaks and a huge advantage, ruling the court in those moments. The Greek broke the Serb in games one and seven to forge a 5-2 lead and held with a service winner in game eight to move closer to tennis glory.

Stefanos Tsitsipas wasted two sets to love lead against Novak Djokovic in Paris.

That last step is never an easy one against Novak Djokovic, though, and the Serb confirmed that once again. Novak went for a toilet break and returned as a different player ahead of the third set.
The Serb grabbed a break in the fourth game and carried the advantage home for 6-3 and momentum on his side. Djokovic was even more dominant in the fourth set, flying on wings of confidence and firing 14 winners to take the thunder.
Stefanos could not follow that pace, taking only three return points and suffering breaks in games one and three to fall 6-2 and stop dreaming about victory. The Greek wasted a couple of game points at 1-1 in the decider, which he could not afford at that point, as Novak broke him to open a 2-1 gap.
Stefanos faced troubles again at 2-4, erasing two break chances and bringing the game home to remain within one break deficit. Still, that was all we saw from him, as Djokovic secured the triumph and the 19th Major crown with a hold at deuce in game ten.
"I started playing very short from the third set, losing my rhythm for an unexplained reason. It was strange, considering how I played in the first part of the match. I felt inferior to Nole, and it was hard to readjust and get back at my best.
I lost control of my game, and it's unfortunate to finish on the losing side, as I missed an excellent opportunity. I played well, and I hope it will be better the next time around,"
Stefanos Tsitsipas said.

 

NoleFam

Talk Tennis Guru
His top level at that tournament wasn't higher than Djokovic's which is why he lost. Once Djokovic found the higher gears in his game, it was over for him so he wasn't quite ready. He needs to move on from that loss and learn from it because he can't seem to get over it, and I think Medvedev winning one of his finals really gets under his skin.
 

Winners or Errors

Hall of Fame
I agree that he could have and should have, but like a typical lost/diamond/whatever generation player, he saw the finish line and choked. Different player in sets 3-5 than 1-2. He's as big a choker as the Ziraffe. Medvedev, at least, doesn't spit the bit as much as the other two.
 

Winners or Errors

Hall of Fame
His top level at that tournament wasn't higher than Djokovic's which is why he lost. Once Djokovic found the higher gears in his game, it was over for him so he wasn't quite ready. He needs to move on from that loss and learn from it because he can't seem to get over it, and I think Medvedev winning one of his finals really gets under his skin.
I don't think we watched the same match. Djoker's level was not particularly spectacular. Tsitsipas played sets 3-5 not to lose, and lost. Credit Djoker for being able to maintain focus while Tsitsipas was choking, but no, that match wasn't on Djoker's racquet.
 

Imperator

Hall of Fame
His top level at that tournament wasn't higher than Djokovic's which is why he lost. Once Djokovic found the higher gears in his game, it was over for him so he wasn't quite ready. He needs to move on from that loss and learn from it because he can't seem to get over it, and I think Medvedev winning one of his finals really gets under his skin.
Tsitsipas generally played at a higher level throughout the tournament, Djokovic’s top level was what he showed against Nadal which is true was higher than anything Tsitsipas showed in the tournament. But I don’t think what we saw from Djokovic in the final qualifies as top level. He played considerably better from set 3 onwards and Tsitsipas’ level dropped significantly, the question is what would have happened had he managed to maintain his level from the first 2 sets.

I don't think we watched the same match. Djoker's level was not particularly spectacular. Tsitsipas played sets 3-5 not to lose, and lost. Credit Djoker for being able to maintain focus while Tsitsipas was choking, but no, that match wasn't on Djoker's racquet.
There’s no telling Tsitsipas’ level from the first 2 sets would have been enough to beat Djokovic once he raised his level so no, this match wasn’t necessarily on his racquet.
 

NoleFam

Talk Tennis Guru
Tsitsipas generally played at a higher level throughout the tournament, Djokovic’s top level was what he showed against Nadal which is true was higher than anything Tsitsipas showed in the tournament. But I don’t think what we saw from Djokovic in the final qualifies as top level. He played considerably better from set 3 onwards and Tsitsipas’ level dropped significantly, the question is what would have happened had he managed to maintain his level from the first 2 sets.



There’s no telling Tsitsipas’ level from the first 2 sets would have been enough to beat Djokovic once he raised his level so no, this match wasn’t necessarily on his racquet.
I don't think Tsistipas played a higher level throughout the tournament though. I think he had an easier draw which flattered to deceive. I also don't think Djokovic played his top level in the final but found the higher gears in his game, and Tsistipas's level did drop but to me Djokovic was rhe overall better player that tournament.
 

NatF

Bionic Poster
It helps to not get tired in set 3 of a slam final. The first set was a good level but set 2 Djokovic was poor and after that Tsits lost any spark in his game. Bit embarassing for one of the best talents of the #NextGen...

The last three sets, certainly. Made Djokovic look like peak Sampras rofl.
Worst than Anderson USO 2017?
 

mwym

Semi-Pro
He is sadly mistaken it takes a person with high neuroplasticity, able to adapt on spot.

This kid is simply not intelligent enough to solve a problem he never had before. He simply did not know what to do to stop Djokovic cause this kid is bad at solving problems. That is why he has no choice but to keep his father as close as possible.

General cognitive ability cannot be learnt or trained. As demonstrated by this kid.
 

Kralingen

Legend
Worst than Anderson USO 2017?
oh man I forgot about that monstrosity. Did he even get a BP all match?

I just feel like Djokovic broke himself in all of the Tsitsipas breaks - but statistically Anderson probably takes it.

However given how much easier it is to break on clay vs. HC I think Tsits was more embarrassing.
 

TheAssassin

Legend
Makes me wonder when was the last time someone went 3 sets without even generating a break point in a Roland Garros final.

Anyway, stunning comeback that I saw miles away lol...
 

NatF

Bionic Poster
oh man I forgot about that monstrosity. Did he even get a BP all match?

I just feel like Djokovic broke himself in all of the Tsitsipas breaks - but statistically Anderson probably takes it.

However given how much easier it is to break on clay vs. HC I think Tsits was more embarrassing.
Tsits is embarassing because he has the reputation of being a capable player, everyone knew Anderson was there for the runner-up plate when he climbed into the stands after the SF.
 

InsideOut900

Hall of Fame
His top level at that tournament wasn't higher than Djokovic's which is why he lost. Once Djokovic found the higher gears in his game, it was over for him so he wasn't quite ready. He needs to move on from that loss and learn from it because he can't seem to get over it, and I think Medvedev winning one of his finals really gets under his skin.
I think Tsitsipas was straight outplayed in sets 3 and 4, but could have won the 5th, cuz Djoko was getting a bit weary and slow.

Conversely, he could have easily lost the 1st without Novak's dip in level toward the end.
 

NoleFam

Talk Tennis Guru
I think Tsitsipas was straight outplayed in sets 3 and 4, but could have won the 5th, cuz Djoko was getting a bit weary and slow.

Conversely, he could have easily lost the 1st without Novak's dip in level toward the end.
Agreed on all counts.
 

NoleFam

Talk Tennis Guru
I don't think we watched the same match. Djoker's level was not particularly spectacular. Tsitsipas played sets 3-5 not to lose, and lost. Credit Djoker for being able to maintain focus while Tsitsipas was choking, but no, that match wasn't on Djoker's racquet.
For one thing, the level of play was quite high. I think that is getting lost here. Both guys had quite a bit more winners than errors, and this was on clay. First set was great and both had chances but Djokovic blinked for one second and Tsitsipas took it. 2nd set, Tsistipas played extremely well and Djokovic's level dropped. In the 3rd and 4th sets, Djokovic played like a different player and Tsistipas' level dropped. They both played well in the 5th but Djokovic rode the early break to the title. So based on your description, we might have watched different matches.
 

Rickenbacker4003

Hall of Fame
2 sets to love and serving 1-2 in the third set was the match. If he held there after all the deuces they went to, it would've broken Joker mentally. Tsitsipas would break the next game and ride it to the finish line. You gotta take him out early, 4 sets at worst. That was his chance to deliver the crippling blow. But he didn't and we know the rest. Better luck next time.
 

Jokervich

Hall of Fame
Stefanos Tsitsipas played on a high level at Roland Garros in the previous two seasons, reaching the semis in 2020 and the title clash this June. On both occasions, Stefanos lost to Novak Djokovic in five sets, keeping world no.1 on the court for eight hours in those two clashes before ending on the losing side and missing a chance to earn a Major glory. This year's Roland Garros was Stefanos' first Major final, and he stood a set away from becoming a champion before Novak prevailed 6-7, 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 after four hours and 11 minutes to keep the Greek empty-handed.

It was a heartbreaking loss for Tsitsipas, who missed a chance of becoming the youngest Roland Garros winner since Rafael Nadal in 2008. The Greek stated that he does not understand what happened after the second set that he won comfortably, losing ground and never regaining his A-game after feeling inferior to Novak.

Djokovic got broken thrice in the opening two sets before shifting into a higher gear, dominating serve and return in the rest of the clash to leave the youngster behind and extend his dominance at Majors. In the opening game, Stefanos saved two break points to avoid an early setback and created a set point at 4-5.
Djokovic saved it after a 25-stroke rally and secured a break to open a 6-5 advantage. Ready to fight, Stefanos broke back to introduce a tie break, where he saved a set point at 5-6 and claimed the last three points to gain a massive boost after almost 70 minutes of a grueling battle.
Stefanos lost five points behind the initial shot in set number two and turned ten return points into two breaks and a huge advantage, ruling the court in those moments. The Greek broke the Serb in games one and seven to forge a 5-2 lead and held with a service winner in game eight to move closer to tennis glory.

Stefanos Tsitsipas wasted two sets to love lead against Novak Djokovic in Paris.

That last step is never an easy one against Novak Djokovic, though, and the Serb confirmed that once again. Novak went for a toilet break and returned as a different player ahead of the third set.
The Serb grabbed a break in the fourth game and carried the advantage home for 6-3 and momentum on his side. Djokovic was even more dominant in the fourth set, flying on wings of confidence and firing 14 winners to take the thunder.
Stefanos could not follow that pace, taking only three return points and suffering breaks in games one and three to fall 6-2 and stop dreaming about victory. The Greek wasted a couple of game points at 1-1 in the decider, which he could not afford at that point, as Novak broke him to open a 2-1 gap.
Stefanos faced troubles again at 2-4, erasing two break chances and bringing the game home to remain within one break deficit. Still, that was all we saw from him, as Djokovic secured the triumph and the 19th Major crown with a hold at deuce in game ten.
"I started playing very short from the third set, losing my rhythm for an unexplained reason. It was strange, considering how I played in the first part of the match. I felt inferior to Nole, and it was hard to readjust and get back at my best.
I lost control of my game, and it's unfortunate to finish on the losing side, as I missed an excellent opportunity. I played well, and I hope it will be better the next time around,"
Stefanos Tsitsipas said.

Is he still talking about this loss? Geez, just get over it already. He's a choker and a cheater.
 

nam416

New User
It was a heartbreaking loss for Tsitsipas, who missed a chance of becoming the youngest Roland Garros winner since Rafael Nadal in 2008. The Greek stated that he does not understand what happened after the second set that he won comfortably, losing ground and never regaining his A-game after feeling inferior to Novak.
Que? So Rafa was younger at FO in 2008 than say in 2005?
 

Mustard

Talk Tennis Guru
Watching that final, it didn't feel as agonizing as McEnroe vs. Lendl in 1984 or Coria vs. Gaudio in 2004. McEnroe and Coria could feel seriously pissed off at letting the match and the title slip through their fingers, but once Djokovic was getting into a groove against Tsitsipas in the third set, I felt like Djokovic would win despite being 2 sets down, which shouldn't be the case. Coria was dominating Gaudio in the first 2 sets in 2004, and seemed in control of the third set. He later had championship points in the fifth set and twice served for the title. McEnroe dominated the first 2 sets against Lendl in 1984, but then his inferior fitness compared to Lendl's began to tell as the match wore on, reflected in McEnroe's first serve percentage dropping well off. McEnroe went 4-3 up with a break in the fourth set, and had a game point on serve in the next game that would have put him one game from the title, but he got broken back. That was McEnroe's chance gone.
 

The Guru

Hall of Fame
Dude you got dominated shut up. This man really needs to shut his mouth I can't believe when he first came up I actually liked him.
 

abmk

Bionic Poster
I think Tsitsipas was straight outplayed in sets 3 and 4, but could have won the 5th, cuz Djoko was getting a bit weary and slow.

Conversely, he could have easily lost the 1st without Novak's dip in level toward the end.
the match turned in that one long game in the 3rd set where Tpas was broken. 1-2 in the 3rd set.
 
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