Stefanos Tsitsipas: 'Novak made me run and suffer, I had no solutions'


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Stefanos Tsitsipas: 'Novak made me run and suffer, I had no solutions'

"Novak deserved the victory, he played unbelievably and I couldn't do much. Physically I was not there, my legs were not coping with my mind. I could feel the fatigue and this soreness, not just in my legs, but everywhere in my body.

And yes, Novak played quite smart, trying to move me around the court. He knew I had a tough match last night and he took advantage of that fact, he's going to have to make me run and suffer more and I didn't have solutions.

I tried getting the ball, coming a little closer to the line but I didn't feel today that comfortable doing that. He seemed very solid from the baseline. He knew what he was doing. Novak has the best backhand on tour I have ever seen in a human being, controlling it so well.

He can play cross and down the line the same way, making it very difficult to deal with. Usually some players have a good stroke, but it's not that consistent, so I find if he's in a day where his serve works pretty well, the placement of his serve, his forehand is not his biggest weapon.

He can hit it but it's not his biggest weapon. But he can, if the backhand and the serve work really well, he can.. that is why he has been dominating for so many years. I think Novak is in pretty good form right now."