Stefanos Tsitsipas: 'Novak Djokovic returned from the locker room as different..'



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Stefanos Tsitsipas: 'Novak Djokovic returned from the locker room as different..'

On Sunday, Novak Djokovic and Stefanos Tsitsipas battled for a Major trophy in Paris, with Novak seeking the second Roland Garros title and Stefanos fighting in his first Major final. Novak stayed on the court for over four hours on Friday against Rafael Nadal, and he didn't look good in the second set against Stefanos, falling two sets to love down and closer to the defeat.

Like many times before, the Serb performed a miraculous comeback and scored a 6-7, 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 victory in four hours and 11 minutes for his 19th Major crown. Tsitsipas was devastated after wasting two sets to love advantage, saying he lost the ground from the third set and failed to regain his strokes against such a strong opponent.

After the second set, Novak went into the locker room and returned as a different player, regaining his confidence and starting working on a comeback that wrote another chapter of tennis history for him. Djokovic got broken three times in sets one and two, never facing troubles behind the initial shot again and securing eight breaks to control the pace and cross the finish line first.

They both had more winners than unforced errors, and Novak built the advantage in the more extended rallies, leaving Stefanos behind in that segment after taming his strokes more efficiently. The Greek survived the opening game to avoid an early setback and played well behind the initial shot after that.

Djokovic saved a set point in the tenth game and erased the deficit in the tie break to build a 6-5 advantage.

Novak Djokovic came back from two sets to love down against Stefanos Tsitsipas.

Staying calm, Tsitsipas saved a set point and claimed the last three points for 8-6.

The Greek was the only player in set number two, dropping five points behind the initial shot and producing two breaks for a 7-6, 6-2 lead after an hour and 43 minutes. Leaving the court for a few minutes, Djokovic returned and started all over in the third set, raising his level and staying calm despite having no room for errors.

The Serb grabbed a break in the third set's fourth game and carried the advantage home for 6-3 and momentum on his side. Never looking back, Novak fired 14 winners in the fourth set and lost three points in his games, backing that with a couple of breaks for 6-2 and a massive advantage ahead of the decider.

The Greek wasted a couple of game points at 1-1 in the decider and allowed Novak to move 2-1 in front. Stefanos faced more troubles at 2-4, erasing two break chances and bringing the game home to remain within one break deficit before Djokovic secured the victory with a hold in game ten that carried him over the top.

"At the end of the second set, Novak went into the locker room and came back as a totally different player. I don't know what happened there, but he played on a high level until the end of the match," Stefanos Tsitsipas said.