Stefanos Tsitsipas out to turn around poor form in finals and against Novak Djokovic
Stefanos Tsitsipas will contest his sixth final of the 2022 season against Novak Djokovic at the Astana Open.
Tsitsipas would have taken in Djokovic’s win over Daniil Medvedev with interest with the Russian coming as close to beating the Serb as anyone has recently before retiring injured.
The Greek had earlier booked his place in the final and can join Djokovic in becoming the only players to have claimed titles in three different surfaces this season.
Tsitsipas has struggled to get over the final hurdle this season having lost championship matches in Rotterdam, Rome and Cincinnati.
He will also need to overcome a losing streak against Djokovic, whom he last beat at the Shanghai Masters all the way back in 2019.
One stat that is in Tsitsipas’ favour is their head-to-head record on hard courts having won two of their three meetings on the surface.
On a slightly slower surface in Nur-Sultan, Tsitsipas could be just as troublesome to Djokovic as Medvedev was in the semi-final.
“I hit with a lot of variation and mixing and it went my way towards the end,” Tsitsipas said in his on-court interview after his comeback win against Andrey Rublev.
“I stayed completely within my game. There were a few things I worked out.
“I kept pursuing those shots with a lot of passion and determination.
“It was not easy, being a set down.
“To have to deal with a very good opponent on the other side of the net made it an extremely physically battle.
“I am pleased with myself for being so determined to make it work so well.”
Tsitsipas noted that when he was aggressive the match would turn decisively in his favour.
“My mentality kind of changed,” Tsitsipas said.
“I played with more of an aggressive game style and didn’t have anything by luck. I was conscious of every single decision I was trying to follow and execute and those service games worked out pretty well. They kept me in the game and gave me that hope.”
In eight ATP 500 finals, Tsitsipas is yet to prevail having only won titles at the ATP 250 and 1000 level to date.
Meanwhile, Victory at the ATP 500 would give Djokovic enough points to guarantee that he will be in the Top 20 of the Race to Turin on the Monday after the Paris Masters.
Djokovic will be guaranteed to qualify for the ATP Finals as a current-year Grand Slam champion who finishes within the Top 20 of the ATP Race To Turin should he win the Astana Open on Sunday.
Tsitsipas meets Djokovic from 15:30 (BST) on Sunday 9 October.
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