“Don’t Know What Happened There”: Stefanos Tsitsipas Opens up on Novak Djokovic’s Transition After Timeout

Published 06/13/2021, 2:51 PM EDT
Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 13, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic in action with during the final against Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes


The tennis world witnessed an epic encounter in the finals of the French Open 2021. World No.1 Novak Djokovic lifted his second Roland Garros title after making an incredible comeback from two sets down against Stefanos Tsitsipas. The final scoreline of the match was 6(7)-7(9), 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4.

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In the post-match interview, Stefanos Tsitsipas revealed the real reason for his loss. He admitted that his rhythm was a little bit off and he faced a lot of difficulties to readjust in the match. However, strangely, he didn’t know the real reason for his poor performance in the last three sets.

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“I felt like my rhythm was off. I really don’t know why. It was very strange… suddenly I just felt cold and out of it. It was difficult to readjust. I lost my game a little bit. I wish I could understand why this happened. It was a good opportunity,” said Tsitsipas in the interview.

Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 13, 2021. Serbia’s Novak Djokovic with Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas after winning their final match REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

The World No.5 player also appreciated Novak Djokovic’s gameplay and mentioned that he played some really great tennis.

“Was much better than before“- Stefanos Tsitsipas on the performance of Novak Djokovic after the time-out

Tsitsipas highlighted that Djokovic’s time-out was the biggest turning point of the match. He stated that the Serbian legend went out for some time after the end of the second set and once play resumed, he was a completely different player. The Greek player even emphasized that Djokovic was a much better player after he returned to the court.

Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 13, 2021. Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates winning the final against Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

“He left the court after two sets zero. I don’t know what happened there but he was another player after. Physically, anticipation, pace: he was much better than before. He could read my game better. Good for him, he did well,” added the 22-year-old.

Tsitsipas said that Djokovic was able to read his game much better after his time-out. In the end, it really helped Nole as he was able to win the match from two sets down.

Novak Djokovic is now just one major behind Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. He is in some superb form at the moment and might even equalize their Grand Slam tally at the end of the Wimbledon Championships 2021. Will Djokovic be able to complete a second career Grand Slam this year?

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Anshul Singh is a tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 500 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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