Novak Djokovic praises Stefanos Tsitsipas ahead of Roland Garros final



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Novak Djokovic praises Stefanos Tsitsipas ahead of Roland Garros final

Novak Djokovic and Stefanos Tsitsipas have been the players to beat this season, heading to Roland Garros with over 3000 points on their ATP Race to Turin tallies. Novak and Stefanos will fight in Sunday's Roland Garros final, facing each other for the eighth time in the previous four seasons.

A few weeks ago in Rome, the Greek served for the victory over the Serb before Djokovic turned the scoreboard around and secured the fifth victory over Stefanos from seven encounters. Novak and Stefanos have shown the most in the past two weeks at Roland Garros.

Djokovic produced a marvelous comeback against Lorenzo Musetti in the fourth round and ousted Matteo Berrettini to reach the semis. There, world no. 1 battled past the 13-time champion Rafael Nadal 3-6, 6-3, 7-6, 6-2 after four hours and 11 minutes to advance into the sixth Roland Garros final.

On the other hand, Tsitsipas is through to his first Major final, earning a place in the title clash following notable wins over Daniil Medvedev and Alexander Zverev. Novak and Stefanos met in the last year's semi-final and battled for almost four hours and five sets, with another thrilling clash coming in a few hours.

Praising the Greek, Djokovic said that Tsitsipas has been playing on a high level, leading the ATP Race and producing his best results on the Tour in the last couple of months.

Novak Djokovic and Stefanos Tsitsipas are the last men standing at Roland Garros.

"It's not the first time I have played an epic Major semi-final, and then I have to come back in under 48 hours and play the final.

My recovery abilities have been pretty good, I must say, throughout my career. Obviously, my physiotherapist will try to do everything possible so I can be fresh. I have played enough tennis recently, and I don't need to train too much.

It's just about taking things slowly until the day of the title match, and I know what I have to do. Tsitsipas in his first Major final, and it's an outstanding achievement, although I'm sure he doesn't want to stop there.

He is in great form, and I think he leads the ATP Race to Turin. He has had his best results recently, and I think he has matured as a player. Clay arguably is his best surface. We played an epic five-setter last year in the semis here in Paris, and I know it's going to be another tough one.

I'm hoping I can recharge my batteries as much as I can because I'm going to need power and energy for that one," Novak Djokovic said.