The scars tend to run deep when a series of near misses accumulate, but Stefanos Tsitsipas is pleased to report that he has no lingering doubts about his return to Roland-Garros. While much of the hype has focused on Spain's next prolific match-winning teenager, the reigning champion's return to form, or chances to win 13 times, the fourth seed's scorecards are impressive in their own right.
The 23-year-old has lost in five sets in each of the last three years, to former champion Stan Wawrinka in 2019 and to Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals two years ago. Despite the agony of having let a two-set lead slip away for a chance to become the first Greek Grand Slam champion at Djokovic's expense in last year's final, Tsitsipas knew he was one giant step closer to victory.
ultimate prize. “I had my first practice session [on Court Philippe-Chatrier] after that final a few days ago. Nothing went through my mind, no memory of that match, which is good, I'm starting over," Tsitsipas said.
'Obviously it's a shame, to lose a final, to have two sets to love, it's never happened before' Room for improvement Tsitsipas had knocked down his Australian Open tormentor, Daniil Medvedev, and showed nerves of steel to deny Alexander Zverev in succession to reach last year's title match against Djokovic.
Once the dust settled, he accepted that he had stretched a high-stage warrior the distance only to come up short. “He played very well, he played better than me. He deserved to win that final, especially after that two sets to love lead for me,” Tstisipas said.
Devvarman reflects on Nole Djokovic
Speaking about Novak Djokovic's return at Roland Garros, Somdev Devvarman, a former tennis player, acknowledged the challenges that lie ahead of him. "The good news for Novak despite losing the semis to Alcaraz in Madrid, he's gone ahead and won the title in Rome and he's won it fairly convincingly.
I think when it comes to Novak, he's definitely going into the French Open with as good as the form he can expect and he for sure would have liked to have won a title and the fact that he's won a huge title in Rome is going to give him confidence and I think he's going to be exactly where he wants to be," Devvarman said.
Devvarman added that he wasn't surprised by Djokovic's surprising losses early on in his comeback. The Indian added that his lack of match play hampered his form. "The World No. 1 needs tennis matches under his belt, the World No.
1 needs to be sharp, have wins, win tournaments, you know, feel like he's out there playing his best tennis," Devvarman said.