Roland Garros final: A new king in Paris

Generational grief. They have met seven times with five victories for the Serbian and two for his young challenger. Tsitsipas, who plays better every day, hopes to beat Djokovic to win his first tournament of the greats and incidentally begin with the change of command in world tennis. The hegemony of the Big 3 in the Grand Slams has its main threat in the Greek. Nole hopes, for his part, to extend his rule and move closer with victory to a single title by Federer and Nadal in Grand Slam conquests. Usually Novak Djokovic It would be the clear favorite, but because of the way in which they have reached this stage, the prognosis is uncertain.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas he is a swift giant. He measures 1.93 and weighs 90 kilos, but moves very fast on the court. His reach allows him to serve well and catch the net frequently, regardless of the surface he plays on. This year he has won two titles on clay. Only Djokovic, Nadal and Casper Ruud have been able to overcome it suffering, in brick dust this season. He has scored 10 victories on clay and has adapted to the Parisian surface superbly. Beyond his five-set triumph against Alexander Zverev in the semifinal, his attrition during the tournament has been as expected. They arrive in great shape to the decisive match.

The most incredible thing about Tsistipas is that his tennis still has some aspects that can be optimized. His service being good could, given his stature, be even better. He has yet to incorporate the slice into his defensive game, and occasionally his temper works against him. Despite these aspects you still need to work Stefanos is in a happy afternoon capable of defeating any tennis player on the planet.

Novak Djokovic did what, apparently, was the most difficult: beat Rafa Nadal. Photo: REUTERS / Sarah Meyssonnier (SARAH MEYSSONNIER /)

The most recent antecedent between Djokovic and Tsitsipas shows how dangerous the Hellenic is. They met a month ago in Rome and after a weak start, the rain rescued the Serb from the debacle. He was one set down and broke against when the water said enough. When the game was resumed several hours later, Nole was superior. Something similar happened last year in Roland Garros where they also played an intense match. Djokovic that time, in the semifinals, had to fight for five long sets to twist Stefanos arm.

On Sunday they measure forces again. Physically Nole is beaten by two very hard games in the quarterfinals and semifinals against Nadal and Berretini, but emotionally he arrives very strengthened after overthrowing the King of clay in his domain. That victory had the flavor of revenge after the beating that Rafa gave him last year on the same court.

Stefanos Tsitsipas qualified for the final after beating Alexander Zverev in five sets.  Photo: REUTERS / Gonzalo Fuentes

Stefanos Tsitsipas qualified for the final after beating Alexander Zverev in five sets. Photo: REUTERS / Gonzalo Fuentes (GONZALO FUENTES /)

The first set in the final will be of vital importance. If the game goes long, the chances that Tsitsipas will win his first tournament of the greats grow enormously. If, on the other hand, Nole goes through one of those matches in which the path is illuminated, it can be paved from the beginning. They are twelve years of difference between one and the other.

The only sure thing about this 2021 edition of Roland Garros is that an era has ended. The great Rafa will not be the champion of the tournament.


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