Greek tennis superstar Stefanos Tsitsipas felt "happy and sad at the same time" after losing to world No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the French Open semifinal. Tsitsipas, seeded at No. 5, recovered from two sets to force a decider but had no strength to pull of a huge comeback as the Serb won 6-3 6-2 5-7 4-6 6-1.
Djokovic was serving for the match in the 10th game of the third set but Tsitsipas then claimed back-to-back breaks to steal the second set. The Greek then broke Djokovic in the 10th game of the fourth set, while the Serb was serving to stay in the fourth set.
In the fifth set, Tsitsipas served out thee opening games of the set, before Djokovic claimeed three breaks in a row to finish the match on a six-game winning run. "Well, I feel, I can say, happy and at the same time sad.
Could have been a better result for me today. Novak showed once again what an incredible athlete and his ability on the courts," Tsitsipas said after the match, per Vicky Georgatou. "Unfortunately towards the end of the match an injury that I had during my match in Rome came back.
It was difficult to close the match in a fighting way, in a fighting spirit."
Tsitsipas taking notes from Djokovic's game
Djokovic, a 17-time Grand Slam champion, is considered as the best returner on the Tour.
"He has reached almost perfection, Novak, in his game style, the way he plays, which is unbelievable to see honestly. That inspires me a lot to go out & work and try to reach that perfectionism, that ability to have everything on the court," Tsitsipas said, per Max Gao.
Tsitsipas claims he has matured a lot over the last several months. "Since the Australian Open, I matured. I was a kid. People around me contributed to that. I've more matches, more experiences, a lot of physical improvement, the ability to read the game better.
And for sure, I'm more calm, relax and observer on the court," Tsitsipas said, per Tennis Majors. Before the semifinal clash between Tsitsipas and Djokovic, the Serb said he would not be taking the Greek for granted.
"He’s one of the best players in the world. He’s been playing the tennis of his life in the last 12 months. He has an all-around game. He’s really a complete, all-around player. I think he’s one of the hardest-working guys out there," Djokovic said of Tsitsipas, per Max Gao.