Stefanos Tsitsipas laments ‘huge mistake’ during French Open semi-final defeat to Novak Djokovic
Stefanos Tsitsipas believes he should not have tried “something new” during his semi-final defeat against Novak Djokovic, saying he should have stuck to his “ordinary and basic” game.
The Greek looked set for a three-set defeat at hands of Djokovic as he lost the two opening sets, but managed to turn things around and won the next two sets to force a decider. However, he eventually went down 6-3, 6-2, 5-7, 4-6, 6-1.
Tsitsipas, though, feels his decision not to play his natural game cost him dearly in the opening two sets.
“I wish I could have figured [out] certain things earlier which, I don’t know, I felt like it was a total demolition, the fact that I tried those things in practice and tried to implement them in the match,” he said.
“It was something new. I wish I wouldn’t have tried these things and tried to stay to my ordinary and basic way of feeling the ball and also trying to dictate the game.
“I think that was a huge mistake today, that I tried this for two sets in a row, then came back to my old way of doing things.”
Tsitsipas has now lost his two Grand Slam semi-finals as he lost in three sets against Rafael Nadal in last year’s Australian Open.
The 22-year-old believes he has “matured” and should know when to change his tactics midway through matches.
“Well, if I think back at the Australian Open I was still a kid, and now I’m turning more into an adult,” he said.
“My thinking has changed. I’ve matured. I’ve been through a lot of things. I have grown from the people around me, my relationships, people in general…
“I have, of course, more experience in my pocket than before. I’ve played matches. I’ve experienced different things. I know when something is good or not, and I can, I think, dictate that earlier.”
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