Former British No. 1 Greg Rusedski was impressed with the way Novak Djokovic clinched a win over top-ranked Greek tennis player Stefanos Tsitsipas. Djokovic, ranked at No. 1 in the world, recovered from a set and break down to beat Tsitsipas in the Rome Masters quarterfinal.
Djokovic was down by a break in every set and in a difficult situation overall but fought back to win 4-6 7-5 7-5. The match starred on Friday but was suspended due to rain. When the match continued, Djokovic was down by a set and a break.
Also, Tsitsipas was serving for the match in the 10th game of the third set but Djokovic worked his way back and eventually stole the set to complete a comeback. Djokovic was twice down by a break in the third set but broke Tsitsipas three times to steal the set.
"Reflecting on the @DjokerNole win. How strong mentally and physically was he at the big moments today. Down a break in every set and still finds a way to win. Crash course at the moment for a Rafa vs Novak final in Rome," Rusedski said in a Twitter post.
Djokovic acknowledged it was a tough battle
After the match, Djokovic acknowledged that it was a tough battle and that one shot decided the match. "There are many things to say about today or yesterday’s match.
It kind of felt like we played two matches… The one yesterday, where he was the better player. He started better today also. I managed to somehow to hold my nerves [and] break his serve in the important moments in the second and third sets,” Djokovic said in his post-match interview.
“The support of the crowd was amazing. It was great to play in front of a crowd. [It was a] fantastic atmosphere. It was a bit of luck, a bit of mental strength and the right tactics at the right time. One shot, not even a point, one shot really decided the winner today. I am just glad to be on the better side”.