Tsitsipas presents Djokovic in Paris SFs | ATP tour

Stefanos Tsitsipas set up a successful semi-final showdown with Novak Djokovic in Paris after having sacked the American Tommy Paul Friday night to claim his 60th match win of the year.

The fifth-seeded Greek, who still has a chance to finish the year No. 1 in Pepperstone’s ATP rankings, saved all seven break points he faced in the 6-2, 6-4 victory while converting the three break opportunities that presented themselves. his way.

“It was a very good match,” said Tsitsipas. “I was able to get ahead in some of his service games which gave me good energy. I wish I could have avoided some of the situations where I had to save break points, but I handled those situations very professionally and was able to hold the serve. My forehand is my confidence shot and got me into the corners to open up the court. It’s one of my weapons on these grounds.

The 2021 and ’22 Rolex Monte Carlo Masters The champion is trying to win multiple ATP Masters 1000 titles in the same season for the first time, but that road goes through Djokovic. The Serb holds a record 38 titles at this level and has triumphed in Paris a record six times, including in his last two appearances in 2019 and 2021. Djokovic has also beaten Tsitsipas seven times in a row and has an overall lead of 8-2 in their ATP Head2Head series.

When asked how he would end his losing streak against Djokovic, Tsitsipas said he would fight the urge to overplay against the man who spent a record 373 weeks as world No. during his career. “I have to show the same consistency. I have weapons that I can use. But in the past, I feel like I used too many effects or power. It’s important that I stay at an average level and that I don’t overdo it. It will be a physical match and I will have to move well.

Tsitsipas, who won the Intesa Sanpaolo Next Generation ATP Finals in 2018 and the Nitto ATP Finals in 2019, won 50 games in a season in three of the last four years. He will return to Turin again this year for the season finale from November 13-20.

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