World No.1 and 17-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic will lock horns with 6th-seed Stefanos Tsitsipas in a high-octane clash in the semifinals of the French Open 2020. Both the players are in prolific touch and are impossible to beat when they are on the top of their game, which sets up for a mouth-watering encounter.
- Fixture: Novak Djokovic vs Stefanos Tsitsipas
- Date:9 October 2020
- Tournament: Roland Garros 2020
- Round: Semifinals
- Venue: Paris, France
- Category: Grand Slam
- Surface: Red clay
- Prize money: Approx. €425,250
When and Where to watch
Approx. 5:30 pm CEST (tentative), 9:00 pm IST; USA – NBC / Tennis Channel | India – Star Sports / Disney+ Hotstar VIP
Novak Djokovic vs Stefanos Tsitsipas: Preview
Talking about the road to semifinal, Djokovic had not lost a set at Roland Garros this year until he went up against 17th-seed Pablo Carreno Busta in the quarterfinal. The 33-yar old Serb lost the opening set of the encounter, his first in the tournament, before making a comeback for which Djokovic is known for to outclass Busta 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-4 in an entertaining match that concluded late last night.
On the other hand, Tsitsipas, after on the brink of getting ousted in the opening round, has been really solid and hasn’t lost a set since that marathon match. The trend continued in the quarters as well against 13th-seed Andrey Rublev, as the 22-year old Greek sailed past his Next Gen fellow in straight sets 7-5, 6-2, 6-3 yesterday.
Novak Djokovic vs Stefanos Tsitsipas: Head-to-Head
Prior to their meeting in the French capital tomorrow, Djokovic and Tsitsipas have faced each other five times. The Serb slightly leads the head-to-head record 3-2.They last played against each other earlier this year in the final of the Dubai Tennis Championships, where Djokovic breezed past Tsitsipas in straight sets 6-3, 6-4 to lift the title in Dubai.
Novak Djokovic vs Stefanos Tsitsipas: Prediction
Tsitsipas, looking scratchy at the start of the tournament, has showed why he is rated so highly by securing dominant wins at Roland Garros. However, his is up against a man who is yet to lose a completed match this year. Djokovic definitely enters into this contest as favourite, though he will have to earn the victory. Tsitsipas might pull off a set as record suggests that he always plays extremely well against Djokovic but the Serb is all set to reach the final and face either Diego Schwartzman or Rafael Nadal.
Match Prediction: Novak Djokovic defeats Stefanos Tsitsipas in a closely-contested, four set encounter.