World No 1 Novak Djokovic digs deep in one of the matches of the year and beats 22-year-old Stefanos Tsitsipas in five-set epic to book blockbuster French Open final with Rafael Nadal
- Novak Djokovic edged closer to the French Open title beating Stefanos Tsitsipas
- The world No 1 was given a real scare in a 6-3, 6-2, 5-7, 4-6, 6-1 victory in Paris
- Rafael Nadal has never lost a final at Roland Garros at any stage of his career
- Djokovic has one French Open title to his name, beating Andy Murray in 2016
There were some in the cognoscenti that felt Stefanos Tsitsipas could break through the glass ceiling and reach the French Open final on Friday night and they were almost proven right under the lights in Paris.
In the end the 22-year-old Greek ran out of steam against Novak Djokovic having fought back from two sets down to take it the distance in a brutal four-hour encounter inside a fervent Philippe Chatrier.
The world No 1, whose only defeat in 2020 came after he was defaulted at the US Open when a stray ball struck a line judge, ran out 6-3, 6-2, 5-7, 4-6, 6-1 winner to join Rafael Nadal, who had earlier beaten Diego Schwartzman, in Sunday’s final.
Djokovic, 33, has one French Open title to his name, winning here in 2016 but for Nadal, he is chasing a 13th win at Roland Garros which would take his Grand Slam total level with Roger Federer’s 20.
Tsitsipas could barely shift his feet in the closing stages and it was a brutal reminder of the physical demands required to overcome Djokovic and the Greek will be stronger for this experience.
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