Novak Djokovic v Stefanos Tsitsipas French Open 2020 Semi-Final: Preview, Head-to-Head, Predictions




Novak Djokovic is unbeaten in 2020. He got eliminated from the US Open 2020 in an unfortunate manner. However, he showed at the Italian Open 2020 that he had got all to win his second French Open title. Against him, is a 22-year-old youngster who has earned his first semi-final ticket at the Roland Garros. The World No. 5 Stefanos Tsitsipas has come a long way beating both Andrey Rublev and Grigor Dimitrov in straight sets. He is thirsty and will definitely be looking forward to play his maiden Grand Slam final this time.

Novak Djokovic v Stefanos Tsitsipas: Preview

Novak Djokovic at French Open 2020
Serbia’s Novak Djokovic reacts during his quarter-final match against Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta REUTERS/Charles Platiau

It looks like the slower conditions at the French Open 2020 are proving to be the best for the World No.1. Rafael Nadal‘s coach has even said that these conditions suit Djokovic. However, Pablo Carreno Busta proved that the Serbian legend can be challenged in these conditions providing one doesn’t give away easy points and engage him in long rallies. He lost the first set to Busta 4-6 in his recent match.

But what’s troublesome for Djokovic at the moment is his neck injury concerns. He was forced to call his medical team on the court in his recent match. But what is good is that there aren’t any serious issues with his neck so far.

Stefanos Tsitsipas at French Open 2020
Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas celebrates winning his fourth-round match against Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

On the other hand, Stefanos Tsitsipas is currently enjoying his best form. He is a tough challenger. In his first match at Roland Garros 2020, he put a tick mark on that. Been 2 sets down against Jaume Munar, he was able to win the next 3 and make a terrific comeback. Even at the 20-point tie-breaker against Dimitrov in the fourth round, he saved a couple of set-points, didn’t lose his calm, and won the match-defining set 11-9.

Djokovic v Tsitsipas: Head-to-Head

Head-to-Head, the 2 great athletes have faced each other on 5 previous occasions. Djokovic currently maintains a lead of 3-2 over Tsitsipas. But, this is the first time that the two are up against each other in a Grand Slam match. This is a golden opportunity for the Greek player to make the scoreline even.

Novak Djokovic celebrates after winning a point at French Open 2020
Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates during his fourth-round match against Russia’s Karen Khachanov REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

In the only competition on clay, Djokovic again leads 1-0. It was the final of the ATP Masters 1000 Madrid Masters. This is again a platform for Tsitsipas to show that he can be as good on clay as on any other surface. In their last encounter which took place in the finals of the Dubai Tennis Championships in 2020, it was Djokovic again who managed to conquer Tsitsipas in straight sets.

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Djokovic v Tsitsipas: Prediction

Novak Djokovic will surely be starting as the favorite for most of the fans and experts. But, one should not forget the topsy-turvy that has taken place in most of the matches at the French Open 2020. It has been largely a tournament of upsets.

Stefanos Tsitsipas has a big serve. He produces a lot of spin which can be lethal for the Djokovic especially under slower conditions. His accurate forehand and backhand winners are his strength. But, the biggest advantage of the 22-year-old is that he covers the ground so quickly giving him an edge in the long rallies. The only drawback for him is that he doesn’t have the experience of big matches.

Stefanos Tsitsipas at the French Open 2020
Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas in action during his fourth-round match against Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

But, one must not forget that he is about to face a 17-time Grand Slam winner. Djokovic has over and over again proven that why he deserves to be No.1. His return of service, no matter how quick and precise the serve is, remains phenomenal. However, the semi-final will surely not be a cake-walk for him.

It is going to be an intriguing contest. Tsistipas has got the skills and technique. Djokovic has got the experience and temperament. The winner of the match will meet either Rafael Nadal or Diego Schwartzman in the finals of the French Open 2020.

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