Italian Open 2021 has come one step closer to climax. In a mouthwatering clash, No.1 seed Novak Djokovic and No.5 seed Stefanos Tsitsipas will lock horns to reserve a semifinal place in the capital of the Lazio region.
Novak Djokovic vs Stefanos Tsitsipas: Preview
Serbian began the season with his record-extending 9th title at the Australian Open. After that, he took a short break for his body and mind refreshment. As a result, the father of two withdrew from several tournaments, including Miami Open.
Djokovic then resumed action at the Monte Carlo Masters. Therein, he was disappointed after a straight-set loss against British No.1 Dan Evans. Later on, he competed at the Serbia Open, where he fell in the semifinal to Russian Aslan Karatsev.
In Rome, Defending champion sealed his quarterfinal spot after trashing American Taylor Fritz and Spaniard Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in straight sets.
On the other hand, Greek has had an excellent season so far. Tsitsipas kicked off the season with a five-set win over Rafael Nadal in Melbourne Park. He has reached eight quarterfinals out of the nine tournaments participation this year.
Mainly, Tsitispas played three finals so far and clinched his first ATP Masters 1000 title at the Monte-Carlo Masters. In Italy’s capital, he reserved his last-eight seat after overcoming the former US Open champion Marin Cilic, and fans favourite Matteo Berrettini without losing a set.
However, both of them would be looking forward to registering big wins before entering Roland Garros. Therefore, it will be a crucial match for a legend and emerging star.
Novak Djokovic vs Stefanos Tsitsipas: Head-To-Head
Both of them have faced each other six-time so far in the ATP Tour. Djokovic leads Tsitsipas 4-2 in their head-to-head series. At the last battle, Serb bested Greek in the five sets at the 2020 French Open.
Novak Djokovic vs Stefanos Tsitsipas: Prediction
By experience and head-to-head record, Djokovic has a bunch of chances to win this match. But the in-form Tsitsipas is a title favourite wherever he plays these days.
While Greek is honing his skills match after the match from the beginning of the season, Serbian is committing mistakes across the net that negatively affects him. As a result of several unforced errors, Djokovic lost to Dan Evans in Monte-Carlo.
Thus, Tsitsipas will also try to convert the opponent’s mistakes to points on the scoreboard.
Match Prediction: Novak Djokovic to win in three tight sets.