The tenth meeting between Stefanos Tsitsipas and Novak Djokovic will cap off an exciting week in Rome. Know the Djokovic vs Tsitsipas Prediction here.
One player is back to his best shape, and the other is between the top and the second tier of French Open contenders.
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Novak Djokovic vs. Stefanos Tsitsipas Prediction and Preview
- Head-to-head: Djokovic 6-3
Novak Djokovic was far from convincing even in Belgrade less than a month ago. As the Serbian was dropping sets left and right, he was experiencing the physical toll of returning to tennis after a break.
It seems that these issues have been resolved. Djokovic lost a third-set tiebreaker to Carlos Alcaraz to reach the semifinals in Madrid.
His record in Rome has been even better, not dropping a set in four matches.
Stefanos Tsitsipas won the first clay ATP 1000 event of the season in Monte Carlo. His rivals have improved since then, while he has just been average.
Despite going deep in all the clay events, he’s getting drawn into tight matches in the early rounds, like the one against Grigor Dimitrov here, where he had to save two match points.
He was far from his best against Carlos Alcaraz in Barcelona or even both matches against Alexander Zverev (lost in Madrid, won in Rome).
Djokovic leads their head-to-head 4-0 on clay, but it’s never been that easy. He was taken to five sets twice at Roland Garros and served for the match in Rome last year.
The surface covers many of the Greek’s weak points, primarily relating to his one-handed backhand. When given more time on the ball, he can step around it much more accessible, the return is more substantial, and he shanks considerably less.
But the Serbian has been the better player this week by a wide margin.
While his game hasn’t been as up and down as his opponent’s, you expect him to deliver on the mental front with the 20-time Grand Slam champion.