Greek tennis star Stefanos Tsitsipas has admitted that being stubborn and unwilling to change some things cost him victory in the 2021 French Open final. At last year's French Open, Tsitsipas reached his first tennis final.
Grand Slam. Tsitsipas was facing World No. 1 Novak Djokovic in his first Grand Slam but he showed no signs of pressure or anything like that early on as the Greek won the first two sets and put himself in a great position to win his first Grand Slam title.
After going down two sets, Djokovic took a break, and after coming back he dominated the rest of the match to win 6-7(6), 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4. "There are things that didn't work for me after two sets to love at Roland Garros.
I guess I've always been quite stubborn, I didn't want to change, because until now it was working for me, which led me to be two sets up," Tsitsipas said, according to Tennis Now. Tsitsipas has proven to be more than capable of making a big showing at the Grand Slam level, but he has yet to make a real breakthrough and finally win his first Major.
In January, Tsitsipas had a promising campaign at the Australian Open, but it was over in the semi-final. Tsitsipas won the first set of his Australian Open semi-final against Daniil Medvedev, but the Russian came from behind to win the match in four sets.
Tsitsipas is having a good clay court season and will be among the top favorites for the French Open title. This clay season, Tsitsipas won his second Monte Carlo Masters title and also reached the Rome Masters final.
Andy Roddick on Nole Djokovic
Former World No.
1 Andy Roddick lauded Novak Djokovic for entering 'vintage Novak' mode in his Rome final win against Stefanos Tsitsipas on Sunday. "The second-set tiebreaker was vintage Novak. He's able to lock down the errors, may be better than anyone I have seen in the history of the game.
Playing safe, but still moving the ball around, getting the patterns he wants. When the pressure mounts, being able to get your pattern is important. He does that as well as anyone." Roddick added: "Why I appreciate the Big 3, winning matches you are supposed to win all the time is difficult with that pressure, and he just went through it again.
Second serve was tight. Was barely getting above.70 miles an hour in the second-set tiebreaker, but he went into lockdown mode."
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