Novak Djokovic started at full speed at the ATP Finals in Turin, beating Stefanos Tsitsipas in straight sets on Monday night. The Serbian phenomenon archived practice thanks to the score of 6-4 7-6 in one hour and 38 minutes of play, achieving his ninth consecutive victory against the Greek.
Djokovic and Tsitsipas met 12 times on the major circuit, with a 10-2 record in favor of Nole. The former number 1 in the world wants to close a rather turbulent season with a flourish, in which he paid dearly for his decision not to vaccinate against the Coronavirus.
The 35-year-old Belgrade native was forced to miss the Australian Open and the US Open, two tournaments in which he would be the top favorite to win. For the same reason, the ‘Djoker’ also had to miss all the 1000 American Masters (Indian Wells, Miami, Montreal and Cincinnati).
Goran Ivanisevic’s protégé redeemed himself by triumphing at Wimbledon for the fourth consecutive time, the seventh time in history. In the Tennis Channel microphones, Andy Roddick analyzed in detail the match between Djokovic and Tsitsipas.
Roddick on Djokovic vs. Tsitsipas
«Tsitsipas actually plays some very high quality tennis against Novak Djokovic. I was with my wife, watching the match and I said, ‘I relate to this,’ because Tsitsipas plays hard, he gets into these tough situations and then he has to to be perfect.
You are not allowed to lose a ball in the tiebreaker,» he said. The former world No. 1 sympathized with Tsitsipas for what he was going through and realized how difficult it was for anyone to beat Djokovic. «Best of all time only forced you to be the best, especially in the hardest moments.
I empathize with what Tsitsipas is going through and it is very, very difficult. I’m going to take a chance, Novak Djokovic is really good,” he stated. Stefanos Tsitsipas began his 2022 ATP Finals campaign with a 4-6, 6-7(4) loss at the hands of five-time champion Novak Djokovic.
«No, I wouldn’t say that. I found it on the last play we had before he served those two big serves. I found a rhythm, I got into the play a little better, some adjustments I made. I wish I could have done this sooner, I do not know.
Certain things come at random times in matches, completely random. They could be the last points of the match», said Stefanos Tsitsipas.