Former World No. 1 Andy Roddick felt that Novak Djokovic entered his vintage mode in the second set tie-break of the Rome final against Stefanos Tsitsipas. Djokovic, number 1 in the world, won his first title of the year after beating Tsitsipas 6-0, 7-6 (5) in the final in Rome.
As he closely watched the second set tie-break, Roddick realized that Djokovic was able to avoid mistakes while putting pressure on Tsitsipas and forcing him to make mistakes. "The tiebreaker of the second set was the Novak classic.
He is able to block mistakes, perhaps better than anyone he has seen in the history of the game. He playing safely, but moving the ball, getting the patterns he wants. When the pressure mounts, it's important to be able to get your pattern.
He does it as well as anyone." The two players got to within 2-2 in the tie-break, before Djokovic won three straight points to open a 5-2 lead. Tsitsipas responded by winning three straight points to level the tie-break at five points apiece, but Djokovic didn't panic and won the next two points to complete a straight-sets victory.
"That's why I appreciate the big three, winning games that you're supposed to win is always tough under that pressure, and he did it again. The second serve was tight. He was barely over 70 miles per hour in the second set tiebreak.
, but it went into lockdown mode," Roddick said.
Djokovic won the title in Rome
Tennis coach Patrick Mouratoglou has declared that there will be "huge stakes" for Novak Djokovic at the upcoming 2022 French Open.
"One: Carlos Alcaraz.' Carlitos' is probably the most solid player at the moment," Mouratoglou said. "He won Barcelona, he won Madrid, as well as Miami a few weeks earlier. In Madrid, he became the first player to defeat both Nadal and Djokovic in the same claycourt event.
Two: Stefanos Tsitsipas. Finalist last year in Roland Garros, Tsitsipas also had a good claycourt preparation for Roland Garros. He defended his title in Monte-Carlo and racked up big wins over the last month. Three: Novak Djokovic.
There will be huge stakes for Djokovic at Roland Garros this year," the Frenchman continued. "He dominated across several Grand Slam tournaments last year, and this will be his first Major in 2022. If he wins, he will tie Rafa in the GOAT race with 21 and be in great position to take the lead."