French Open 2021 Finals: Novak Djokovic v Stefanos Tsitsipas Preview, Head-to-Head, and Prediction

Published 06/12/2021, 1:55 PM EDT
Serbia’s Novak Djokovic after winning his semi final match against Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes


The French Open 2021 women’s finale is done and Barbora Krejcikova has emerged as the new champion of clay in Paris. Fans will also get to know the new men’s champion by tomorrow and it’ll either be World No.1 Novak Djokovic or World No.5 Stefanos Tsitsipas.

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A lot is at stake for both the players. If Tsitsipas wins tomorrow, he’ll become the first Greek player to win a Grand Slam. On the other hand, if Novak Djokovic conquers Paris, he’ll become the first male player to win every Major at least twice in the Open Era.

Novak Djokovic v Stefanos Tsitsipas: Preview

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Both Tsitsipas and Djokovic are in some incredible form at the moment. While the World No.5 Tsitsipas defeated Alexander Zverev in the semis, Djokovic did the unthinkable and battled past Rafael Nadal in the semis of the French Open 2021.

Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 11, 2021. Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates winning his semi-final match against Spain’s Rafael Nadal REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier

Even after winning two sets against Zverev, Tsitsipas lost his momentum and looked vulnerable. He made some errors but managed to beat his opponent in five sets. On the other side, Djokovic lost the initial five games of the match against Nadal and looked in some real trouble. However, the World No.1 player bounced back and won three straight sets after losing the first one.

While Tsitsipas’ serves can prove to be a big danger for Djokovic, the Serbian legend will target the Greek player’s baseline. He played some really cheeky drop shots against Nadal and will try to use them against Tsitsipas again.

Novak Djokovic v Stefanos Tsitsipas: Head-to-Head

The two have faced each other on seven occasions so far and Djokovic currently leads the head-to-head battle at 5-2. On clay as well, Nole has won all the three battles that the two have been a part of. Interestingly, he has been victorious in their last four encounters.

Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 11, 2021. Serbia’s Novak Djokovic reacts during his semi-final match against Spain’s Rafael Nadal REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

It’ll be the second time when the two will cross their paths at the French Open. Last year, Djokovic defeated Tsitsipas in the semi-finals in a five-set marathon.

Djokovic v Tsitsipas: Prediction

Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 11, 2021. Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas reacts during his semi-final match against Germany’s Alexander Zverev REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

Although Tsitsipas has defeated the likes of Medvedev and Zverev before reaching the finals, it’ll be Djokovic who will be starting the match as the favorite. He has even gained a big boost after defeating the ‘King of Clay’ in his own backyard. However, the last time Djokovic defeated Nadal at Roland Garros, he lost to Stan Wawrinka in the finals.

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Tsitsipas can surely change the dynamics of the match as he has got a great forehand. However, he has to be consistent throughout the match and work on his backhand in order to give himself any chance in the finals.

Prediction: Novak Djokovic to win in four sets

The stage is set and the fans are quite excited for the blockbuster match. Who will emerge as the winner of the French Open 2021?

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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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