“He Just Squeezed”– Stefanos Tsitsipas Recalls His Poignant Loss to Novak Djokovic at French Open 2020

Published 01/26/2021, 12:58 PM EST
Serbia’s Novak Djokovic after winning his semi final match against Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes


Who can forget the epic encounter between Novak Djokovic and Stefanos Tsitsipas in the semis of the French Open 2020? Although Djokovic ultimately won the match, he faced a lot of difficulty in doing so. Djoker earned a match-point in the third set, but Tsitsipas fought back and took the match to the last set. The final scoreline of the match was 3-6, 2-6, 7-5, 6-4, 1-6.

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In a recent interview, Stefanos Tsitsipas remembered that great battle. He said that it was a very disappointing and sad moment for him to have come so close and ending up on the losing side.

Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates against Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina in their Men’s Single Quarter Final Match during Day Six of the International BNL d’Italia at Foro Italico on May 17, 2019, in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

“I fell in a very close fifth set to Djokovic in the semi-finals. It was very unfortunate and very saddening to leave the court with an injury. I wasn’t able to perform in the fifth set. He knocked me out. He just squeezed everything out of me…It was very sad that it ended that way,” said Tsitsipas in a recent interview.

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The Greek player clearly reflected that even though he played well, Djokovic outplayed him completely at the French Open 2020.

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Tsitsipas highlighted that it was also a proud moment for him because he fought really hard in that match. He mentioned that he showed some great determination in the match, which was something excellent.

Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas in action during his group stage match against Spain’s Rafael Nadal REUTERS/Toby Melville

“But at the same time, I’m proud because I fought very, very hard. I was the determined Stefanos, I was the Stefanos that went out and was fully focused and committed to my work, and to my craft. So that was excellent,” added the World No.6 player.

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In spite of everything, Tsitsipas believes that the last Roland Garros was a great tournament for him and he would like to play the way he played there in the future as well.

“That was a very, very good tournament, I really hope I have more like this in the future, and maybe a little bit more luck, that wouldn’t hurt,” concluded the 22-year-old player.

Tsitsipas will soon begin his 2021 campaign at the Australian Open 2021. Fans are hopeful that they might witness another Djoker-Tsitsi clash at the Grand Slam. Will Tsitsipas be able to win his maiden Grand Slam title in Melbourne 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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