On a more granular level, Calvin says: “Djokovic is very good at changing direction. He never lets a player take two equal shots in a row and will just do what he usually does: hit a lot of balls, try a few drop shots, and then be solid as granite if he gets close. Normally players would focus on Tsitsipas backhand, but I don’t think Djokovic will as he likes to change direction all the time. As for Tsitsipas, it’s hard to say what he will do because there are no real weaknesses to exploit. But I think you’ll see a lot of angled forehands crossed to open the court. You will have to take risks. You don’t want to get into a worldly baseline battle. ”
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So how could this match go? Our resident coach, Calvin Betton, gets in touch: “Djokovic is the little favorite for me, but not as much as some people think. Djokovic has done it many times already and Tsitsipas has not, which is the main factor, but if Tistsipas plays 9/10 at key moments, he will win. However, that’s an important thing: he will have to hit the winners at the end of each set, under pressure. “
It feels strange to start a tennis report talking about soccer, but that’s where we are nonetheless because what happened to Christian Eriksen yesterday had a much wider resonance. In the maelstrom of love, joy, and excitement that we get from watching athletes whip themselves for our delight, it’s easy to forget the cost, sacrifice, and danger that make it possible, especially when you factor in the financials. But the reality is that no matter Of its rewards, sport is an extraordinarily exhausting endeavor, confiscating youth, anonymity, and family time: a privilege, yes, but also a pain.
And few are more inclined to that than tennis, especially at Roland Garros. This afternoon, two physical and mental fanatics will move in the summer heat for two to six hours, then pack their bags, head to the next location, and do it again. There are few words more misused and abused than amazing, but Novak Djokovic and Stefanos Tsitsipas are all and more.
Naturally, Djokovic is the favorite for the 19th major that would place him only one behind Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal on the all-time men’s list. The latter’s astonishing mastery means that only one of them has made it to clay: in 2016, when Nadal retired injured. But after seeing him out on Friday in one of the most incredible games of all time, we can be sure that it will take something very special to stop him.
The thing is, Tsitsipas is not just special, but a superstar. He’s got all the shots plus a few he hasn’t invented yet, backed by natural drive, style, and temperament; Even though he lost a two-set lead in his semi-final, you still knew he would win. But being a superstar isn’t just about hitting a ball with a racket. It’s hard not to impute the kind of person someone is from the way he plays, and Tsitsipas is everything his tennis says he is: a top guy, obviously and bluntly. Add to that how beautiful he talks, his musketeer aesthetic, and a half-rhyming name full of consonance, assonance, and whistling, and we have the world’s next great sports hero, but only if he can win something big. This should be spectacular.
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George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism