Greek tennis star Stefanos Tsitsipas claims he has moved on completely from the 2021 French Open final loss as he is focused on doing as best as he can at Roland Garros this year. Tsitsipas fell just short of winning his maiden Grand Slam at the French Open a year ago as he was up by two sets before Novak Djokovic recovered to win in five sets.
It was a devastating and heartbreaking loss for Tsitsipas but he insists that is now a thing of the past. “I had my first practice session (since) that final a few days ago,” Tsitsipas said, per Tennis Majors.
“Nothing went through my mind, no flashback of that match, which is a good thing, I’m starting fresh”.
Tsitsipas: It was a shame to lose after being up by two sets
Tsitsipas put himself in a great position to win the French Open last year but he froze after taking a two-set lead as Djokovic won 6-7 (6) 2-6 6-3 6-2 6-4.
“Obviously it’s a shame, losing a final, being two sets to love up, never really has happened before,” Tsitsipas said. “He played great. He played better than me. He deserved to win that final. Especially after that two sets to love lead for me.
So it’s simple. I just need to get better. I just need to have a longer duration of how the way I played in these first two sets, and be up there bringing the fire after every single shot”. Tsitsipas, 23, is now preparing to make his sixth French Open appearance.
Clay is a surface where Tsitsipas can play extremely well and he is hoping to lift his first Grand Slam title in the next two weeks. In his last tournament played, Tsitsipas ended runner-up in the Rome final to Djokovic.
“I have shown good tennis here,” Tsitsipas said. “I have shown good tennis in the last couple of tournaments. I didn’t really show my best tennis in the final few days ago."