Stefanos Tsitsipas was just one set away from claiming his maiden French Open 2021 title, as he was defeated by Novak Djokovic in a five set thriller. The Serbian came back from two sets down to produce a champion comeback and claim his 19th French Open title.
Novak Djokovic left the court after losing the first two sets, and came back as a different player altogether. The Serbian used a similar strategy against the Italian, Lorenzo Musetti. Stefanos Tsitsipas stated that he had no answers to Djokovic’s rampaging form in the final three sets of the match.
Stefanos Tsitsipas stated that the Serbian was reading his game much better in the final three sets of the match. “I don’t know, he left the court after two sets to love down. I don’t know what happened there, but he came back to me like a different player suddenly. I don’t know; I have no idea. He played really well. He gave me no space,” said Tsitsipas.
“Physically, anticipation maybe, just movement on the court — everything (he did) felt much more fresh and much better than before. I don’t know; I kind of felt like he could read my game a bit better suddenly. Good for him. He did well to get there,” he added.
I don’t think I have regrets: Stefanos Tsitsipas
Stefanos Tsitsipas accepted that he lost a golden opportunity to win his maiden Grandslam title on Sunday, and that it was a very unfortunate ending. The Greek could not understand his sudden drop in form after winning the opening two sets.
“I started playing really short I felt like my rhythm was off. I really don’t know why. It was very strange considering that I started finding my rhythm, finding my shots, my movement on the court was perfect, and suddenly just felt cold and out of it. It was difficult to readjust. I felt like I kind of lost my game a little bit,” said Tsitsipas.
Stefanos Tsitsipas stated that it was very easy for him to be emotional, but he is proud of his effort, because he gave his best on the court. “I don’t think I have regrets. Could have easily cried, but I see no reason for me crying because I tried everything. I couldn’t come up with anything better,” said the Greek.