Friday, 09 October 2020 22:40

 

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World no. 1 Novak Djokovic scored the 36th victory from 37 matches in 2020, prevailing over Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-3, 6-2, 5-7, 4-6, 6-2 in four hours.

Thus, Djokovic is through to his fifth final in Paris, advancing to his 27th Major title match and facing Rafael Nadal in the anticipated Sunday's final.

Tsitsipas was there to fight in the opening two sets, losing the crucial points to fall behind and saving a match point at 4-5 in the third to stay alive. The Greek stole that set and seized the fourth after fending off ten out of 11 break chances, overpowering Novak before running out of gas in the final set and propelling Djokovic into the first title match in Paris in four years.

The Serb couldn't endure the pressure, wasting two game points and suffering a break following a loose drop shot to hand the set to the youngest semi-finalist in Paris since 2009. Stefanos repelled a break point in the decider's first game with a brave attack, bringing the game home with a forehand winner for another massive boost.

Novak held at 15 to level the score at 1-1, converting the second break chance a few minutes later with a drop shot winner to open a 2-1 gap. The Serb forced an error from the Greek to confirm the advantage and forged a 3-1 lead, earning a break at 15 to move 4-1 in front.

Novak sealed the deal with a return winner in game seven, showing his class in the final set and staying on the 18th Major title course.