Stefanos Tsitsipas, Carlos Alcaraz and Novak Djokovic won the Masters 1000 this year. The Greek had a chance to raise a pair of these, but lost the Rome final to Novak Djokovic in straight sets.
Tsitsipas is the finalist at Roland Garros last year, opening two sets to like best against Djokovic before losing in five sets. The Greek stated that Djokovic and Alcaraz were the favorites at Roland Garros, which put them ahead of 13-time winner Rafael Nadal, who has a foot injury.
Alcaraz won consecutive titles in Barcelona and Madrid, and achieved his second title in the Masters 1000 in front of the home fans after beating Nadal, Djokovic and Zverev within three days! Alcaraz and Djokovic played an epic semi-final, with the teenager winning 6-7, 7-5, 7-6 in three hours and 35 minutes.
The confrontation saw only three breaks, and the youngster stayed calm in the final minutes of the second and third sets to drop the world number. 1 and advance to the final. Djokovic came back from 4-2 down in the first set and took charge behind the first kick to keep the pressure on the other side.
The Serbian claimed a 7-5 tie-breaker for a big boost before the second set. The home favorite had no room for mistakes in the second set, and kept pushing. The most aggressive player fended off a chance break in games nine and 11 to stay on the positive side.
Carlos clinched the set in the 12th with a forehand down the winner’s streak to get a boost in front of the partisan crowd. Djokovic survived three break points in the fourth game of the final set and two more points at 2-3 to survive.
Stefanos Tsitsipas spoke about the favorites at Roland Garros after losing the final to Roma.
Alcars blocked a break point in Game Seven with a winning serve, and Novak had the opportunity to create three break points at 4-4.
He missed a routine forehand, and Alcaraz maintained 30 to support a formidable. The Serbian denied obtaining the match point in the tenth match with a goal to serve, and the confrontation entered the tiebreak. The Kars went 3-1 forward with a backhand in the line with a shot and opened the 5-3 lead with a good serve.
Novak remained in contention with a deep comeback at the next point before spraying a forehand foul at 4-5 to face two more match points. The first saved with a serve winner, and Carlos grabbed the second with a forehand down the winner’s streak to celebrate an epic victory.
“Right now, Carlos Alcaraz and Novak Djokovic are the two favorites for Roland Garros. They played great tennis, and I put them above the rest of the court. I would like to be at their level and challenge them, but I have to improve some elements in my game with Roland Garros.
It’s a marathon, like any other pioneer. Roland Garros takes the most out of you spiritually and physically when you are on the field. Clay Court has this ability to put pressure on every part of you. You have to leave everything there.
I’m ready to take a few days off and start practicing again to get into the Roland Garros mentality. “I enjoy playing in Paris, and I hope to have a deep tour,” said Stefanos Tsitsipas.