“One Shot Decided the Winner”: Novak Djokovic Reacts to His Epic Comeback Against Stefanos Tsitsipas at Italian Open 2021

Published 05/15/2021, 8:29 AM EDT
Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Monte Carlo Masters – Monte-Carlo Country Club, Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France – April 15, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic in action during his third round match against Britain’s Dan Evans REUTERS/Eric Gaillard


The tennis world witnessed a really intriguing contest at the Italian Open 2021. World No.1 Novak Djokovic made an incredible comeback from a set down to defeat World No.5 Stefanos Tsitsipas. Playing in the quarter-finals, Djokovic played some amazing tennis to beat the Greek player in a really close encounter. The final scoreline of the match was 4-6, 7-5, 7-5.

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In the post-match interview, Djokovic mentioned it felt as if he and Stefanos Tsitsipas had played two matches. The Serbian legend highlighted that Tsitsipas was the better player yesterday, but that he bounced back in the match today.

Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Italian Open – Foro Italico, Rome, Italy – May 14, 2021, Serbia’s Novak Djokovic in action during his quarter-final match against Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane

“There are many things to say about this match. I feel like we’ve played two matches, and we did. Yesterday he was the better player and started better today, but I’ve managed to hold my nerves and break his serve in important moments,” said Djokovic in the interview.

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It is surely amazing how Djokovic fought back in the match against Tsitsipas. Yesterday, it was Rafael Nadal who made an incredible comeback against Denis Shapovalov and today, Djokovic too didn’t let a next-gen player defeat him.

“One shot decided the winner today”- Novak Djokovic

Djokovic mentioned that he felt good after watching the crowd and it was great to play in front of them. He stated that a bit of luck, along with the right tactics, worked for him during the match. The World No.1 player also emphasized that it was just a single shot that decided the winner of the match.

Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Monte Carlo Masters – Monte-Carlo Country Club, Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France – April 14, 2021, Serbia’s Novak Djokovic reacts during his second-round match against Italy’s Jannik Sinner REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

“Support of the crowd was amazing. It’s great to play in front of them. Bit of luck, bit of mental strength, and bit of the right tactics at the right time. One shot, not one point, one shot decided the winner today,” added the 18-time Grand Slam winner.

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Djoker clearly managed to clinch this match from the jaws of defeat. Interestingly, he even became quite frustrated at one point of time and smashed his tennis racquet.

Novak Djokovic will next face Lorenzo Sonego in the semi-finals of the Italian Open 2021 today only. The Italian defeated Andrey Rublev in the quarters and can prove to be a big challenge for the Serbian. Will Djokovic be able to defend his title in Rome 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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