Stefanos Tsitsipas: I cracked myself against Novak Djokovic at 2020 French Open

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Stefanos Tsitsipas: I cracked myself against Novak Djokovic at 2020 French Open

Greek tennis star Stefanos Tsitsipas absolutely enjoys working with coach Patrick Mouratoglou. Tsitsipas, ranked at No. 6 in the world, recovered from two sets down to beat second-seeded Rafael Nadal 3-6 2-6 76 (4) 6-4 7-5 and progress into the Australian Open semifinal.

The collaboration with Mouratoglou is paying off for Tsitsipas as the Greek is now two wins away from winning his maiden Grand Slam title. "We are a team, we discuss a lot, we like to talk about tennis, the way I should approach the match.

Patrick Mouratoglou is guiding me, he has a lot of experience. A great guy on and off the court," Tsitsipas said of his relationship with Mouratoglou, as quoted on Tennis Majors. "He's a kind of guru in tennis and I'm happy I have it in my team."

Tsitsipas preparing for his third Grand Slam semifinal

In 2019, Tsitsipas made his maiden Grand Slam semifinal at the Australian Open, before he easily lost to Nadal in straight sets. At the French Open last year, Tsitsipas made his second Grand Slam semifinal, before losing to Novak Djokovic in five sets.

Tsitsipas lost the fifth set 6-1 but after the match he revealed he contracted an injury. "The semi-final of the French Open '20 vs Djokovic was totally different. Here there was a lefty, another type of play... And I cracked myself against Novak," Tsitsipas said.

Tsitsipas will be fighting against top-ranked Russian tennis player Daniil Medvedev for a place in the Australian Open final. “[Medvedev] plays very well and has been very consistent, with lots of consecutive wins,” Tsitsipas said ahead of the Medvedev matchup.

“I need to recover and have a good ice bath. I am looking forward to the match and each match I play here is an opportunity to play my best tennis. It will be amazing to see the crowds again”.