Stefanos Tsitsipas claims he also doesn't remember facing Novak Djokovic in the 2021 French Open final. After his Australian Open round-of-16 win, Djokovic started explaining how Tsitsipas could not be taken lightly despite never making a Grand Slam final.
In the 2021 French Open final, Djokovic recovered from two sets down to beat Tsitsipas. Following his Australian Open semifinal win over Karen Khachanov, Tsitsipas was asked if he felt Djokovic made a genuine lapse or it was his way of trying to get into his mind.
"I don't remember either," Tsitsipas bluntly answered. When reminded that it was the 2021 French Open final, Tsitsipas again said: "No, don't remember."
What did Djokovic say about Tsitsipas after his last-16 win?
"Being the only guy remaining in the tournament that has won a Grand Slam, of course flatters me but I don't think it's going to make too big of a difference, to be honest.
Maybe it will to some extent, I mean, for me, but maybe not for the other guys. I don't know. I know Tsitsipas, for example, probably the most experienced guy out all of them, all the quarterfinalists. He has played already the final stages of a Grand Slam quite a few times.
I think he has never played a finals, am I wrong?" Djokovic said after his Australian Open round-of-win. After being reminded by reporters that Tsitsipas was his opponent in the 2021 French Open, the Serb apologized and claimed he just made a lapse.
"That's right. That's right. Sorry, my bad. What I wanted to say is I wanted to compliment him because he's someone that looks ready to go for the title, and the way he has been playing, he's been coming closer and closer," Djokovic said.
Tsitsipas has been through to the Australian Open and Djokovic has a two-set lead over Tommy Paul. Everything is trending toward having a Tsitsipas and Djokovic Australian Open final.