For a textbook explanation of how resilient and how much of a wall Djokovic is, you need only watch his semi-final from the second set on. He had to use every ounce of aggression in his baseline play, strain every sinew and bring out his very best tennis to beat Rafael Nadal for the second time at Roland Garros, and only for the third time in the Spaniard’s illustrious time in Paris.
Yet we also need to look at how Tsitsipas dug very deep against a resurgent Alexander Zverev in their semi-final to clinch a spot as Greece’s first Slam finalist. Djokovic is one of the best returned on the tour, and his flexibility and agility needs no introduction or explanation.
Tsitsipas can match Djokovic blow for blow from the baseline, and with a big serve and as solid an all-court game as the World No. 1, then we are going to be in for at least four sets if not the whole distance.
Experience is everything and while many will feel that Djokovic-Nadal was the defacto-final, the tantalisingly close Slam No.19 will mean that Tsitsipas will have to very much earn the right to deny Djokovic a very real chance of catching Federer and Nadal this year, if not overtaking them both if the stars align for the Serb.
Prediction: Djokovic in five sets.
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