A fascinating Madrid Open final is on the cards with World No.1 Novak Djokovic taking on Stefanos Tsitsipas on Sunday evening. Djokovic is aiming to win his second title of the year after some disappointments following the Australian Open. Meanwhile, Tsitsipas will aim to win his first Masters 1000 title to continue a stunning 12 months for him. Check out the Djokovic vs Tsitsipas H2H stats.
Djokovic looked much closer to his best in the semi finals, picking up an impressive straight sets victory over Dominic Thiem. He had to come from a break down in both sets but held his nerve in the key moments of the match for the most part during the 7-6 7-6 win. He will have been disappointed to have not served out the match at 6-5 in the second but bounced right back to halt another comeback from the Austrian. “I played the best match of the clay-court season so far, for me, against arguably the best tennis player in the world on this surface, so far [this season],” said Djokovic. “I just managed to hold my nerves and play the best when it was most needed.”
Tsitsipas’ 6-4 2-6 6-3 victory was even more impressive as he shocked everyone with a stunning win over Rafael Nadal, ensuring the Spaniard’s titleless streak goes even longer into 2019. There seemed little hope for him pre-match, having lost to Nadal all three times without putting up much of a fight in any of their meetings. However, an early break set the tone for the match as the Greek broke the usually tough Nadal serve six times overall, including three times in the opening set. Tsitsipas blew several match points in the decider before eventually moving on with this win now making him one of the youngest players to have a win over Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer now.
“I have to play the same way. I have to be mentally prepared for a tough match. He’s in a pretty good state of his tennis, so it won’t be easy. He had some good matches coming into the final, so I’m going to have to be ready for that match, I’m sure he wants the title as badly as me.” Tsitsipas said on Djokovic. Their one meeting happened in Toronto, where a tight three setter went the way of the Greek. Tsitsipas has only gotten better from there and it looks like he is ready to take the mantle of the most promising “Next Gen” star. While Alexander Zverev is currently ranked higher, it feels like only a matter of time before he is surpassed.
Prediction – Novak Djokovic in three sets