Stefanos Tsitsipas recalls losing to Novak Djokovic at Rome Masters

Greek tennis star Stefanos Tsitsipas thought the outcome would have been different had he and world No. 1 Novak Djokovic finished their match on Friday. 

On Friday, Tsitsipas and Djokovic started their Rome Masters quarterfinal clash as the Greek won the opening set and took a 2-1 lead before the match was suspended due to rain. 

The match continued on Saturday and Djokovic created a comeback to win 4-6 7-5 7-5 and progress into the Rome semifinal. 

“It was hard to deal with it two days in a row, especially going to sleep that night. There’s a lot of adrenaline. It would probably have been different playing in the rain. It doesn’t matter, the situation was the way it was, you can’t change it,” Tsitsipas said, per Vicky Georgatou. 

Tsitsipas had his chances against Djokovic 

Tsitsipas made a perfect start to the match, having broken Djokovic twice for a 4-1 lead. 

Djokovic got one break back but Tsitsipas served out for the opener in the 10th game. 

When the match continued, Djokovic recovered from a break down in the second set to force a decider. 

Djokovic was three times down by a break in the third but still managed to win the match. 

Tsitsipas’ biggest chance came in the 10th game of the third set, when he was serving for the match. 

Losing to Djokovic in such a way wasn’t easy but Tsitsipas is now ready to play at this week’s ATP 250 event in Lyon. 

In Lyon, Tsitsipas is seeded at No. 2 and he has a first round bye at the tournament. 

“I enjoy playing on clay, I enjoy getting matches. I don’y feel too exhausted, my body is feeling good, I would say. So I took the opportunity to test myself this week. It’s another chance for me to show how far I can go, how good I can play,” Tsitsipas said.

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