Novak Djokovic has been the player to beat in 2020, winning 37 out of 38 matches and seeking the second Major title of the year in Paris. Novak is through to his fifth Roland Garros final, facing Rafael Nadal in a blockbuster title match on Sunday and hoping to lift the 18th Major trophy, the second in Paris.
When the season restarted in August, Novak won Cincinnati before that US Open disqualification, starting all over in Rome and returning where he belongs. The Serb will finish the season as the year-end no. 1 player, although he doesn't think about that at the moment, throwing everything on beating Rafa and adding the second Parisian trophy to his collection.
The American legend Chris Evert praised Djokovic following his semi-final victory over Stefanos Tsitsipas, saying his game is pretty much flawless, making him a robot at times. Playing in the tenth semi-final in Paris, Novak had to work hard to beat Tsitsipas 6-3, 6-2, 5-7, 4-6, 6-2 in three hours and 54 minutes.
Chris Evert praised Novak Djokovic ahead of Roland Garros final.
Djokovic prevailed to reach the first final in Paris since 2016 and the 27th Major title match overall, facing Rafael Nadal in anticipated Sunday's final.
Competing in his first Roland Garros semi-final, Tsitsipas lost the opening two sets despite a solid effort, wasting his chances and not finding the way to convert any break opportunity. Novak served for the triumph at 5-4 in set number three, wasted a match point and lost serve for the first time, allowing Tsitsipas to extend the encounter.
With momentum on his side, the Greek grabbed another break in game 12, stealing the set and boosting his chances, looking much better on the court than some 15 minutes ago. The youngest Roland Garros semi-finalist since 2009 fended off ten out of 11 break points in the fourth set, converting both opportunities on the return to take it 6-4 and force a decider.
Starting all over, Novak recovered his strokes and dominated in the fifth set, breaking the rival's resistance and advancing into the title match for the first time in four years. "At times, Novak is not human. I look at Nadal and see a warrior who fights for everything; he's going to leave blood on the court.
I look at Djokovic, and I see more of a robot, but in a good sense. The mental part of his game is a level ahead of everyone else; it's incredible. His game is flawless; he doesn't make errors, moves well, and has good defense and offense.
If he has a weakness, it would be himself, if he's not in the mood to play or he's upset or whatever. He's like a wall, and it's hard to get through it," Chris Evert said.