“Was So Dangerous”: Coach Patrick Mouratoglou Details How Stefanos Tsitsipas Succeeded at French Open Against Novak Djokovic

Published 07/19/2021, 4:16 AM EDT
Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 13, 2021 Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas poses with the runners up trophy after losing the final against Serbia’s Novak Djokovic REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes


World No.4 Stefanos Tsitsipas has really impressed fans with some exceptional performances this year. Even though he could not succeed at the German Open and the Wimbledon Championships 2021, he was the runner-up of the French Open 2021.

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In a recent Instagram video, Tsitsipas‘ coach Patrick Mouratoglou explained how the Greek player succeeded at the French Open 2021 against Novak Djokovic. He revealed how Tsitsipas was able to use his cross-court forehands to great effect at the tournament.

“That’s why Stefanos was so dangerous because he was able to play with his forehand every time. Did you see that Djokovic was spending so much time there? So when you do that, the court is completely open,” said Mourataglou in a recent video.

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Mouratoglou was actually giving some tips to one of his students on how to use the cross-court forehand. By citing Tsitsipas’ example, he told her the spots that she should target in order to beat her opponent.

“When you play cross, you should aim more here than there because if you play only there, then the player goes from here to here but if you play those zones, he has to go from here to here. So, he runs much more, he opens, and there is a lot of space for you to attack,” added the French coach.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas in the 2021 tennis season

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Tsitsipas is having one of the best seasons of his career so far. He won the Monte Carlo Masters 2021 – his first Masters title on clay and managed to end the French Open 2021 as the runner-up after losing a five-set marathon to Novak Djokovic in the finals.

Tennis – ATP 500 – Hamburg European Open – Am Rothenbaum, Hamburg, Germany – July 14, 2021. Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas celebrates winning his round of 16 match against Germany’s Dominik Koepfer REUTERS/Cathrin Mueller

Even though he got knocked out from the very first round of the Wimbledon Championships 2021 and lost to Filip Krajinovic in the quarters of the Hamburg Open 2021, there are a lot of positives for him in 2021. He has already won three ATP titles this year and has ended as the runner-up in two tournaments. Interestingly, he is also second on the list of players who have earned the most ATP points this year.

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After the grass-court season, Stefanos Tsitsipas will now play at the Tokyo Olympics 2021. Will he be able to win an Olympic Gold for his country this year?

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Anshul Singh

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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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