Stefanos Tsitsipas slowly made himself one of the best clay players in the world in the past few years. His results on the surface speak volumes to his prowess and a grand slam final in Paris on his resume certainly aids to that. It was a losing effort though a fair one as he was up 2-0 against Djokovic who managed to turn the match around and win in five sets.
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Finals loss doesn't bother Tsitsipas
While a painful loss which certainly had an effect on him, Tsitsipas doesn't really think about it anymore. He's firmly put it in the rear-view window and only thinks about the future. He does think that winning a 23rd would be great for Djokovic's legacy:
"I don't go to sleep at night thinking about that. Doesn't really cross my mind. It would be great for him. If he's capable of doing it, massive respect. But what I'm out here trying to do is just focus on myself and perhaps be the guy that everyone will hate one day. In a good way."
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Tsitsipas Loves for Roland Garros
The event in Paris is a special one. Being a grand slam means that there are only three like it in the world so it's always going to be a special one for many players. The significance it holds for Tsitsipas is on another level. He quite literally loves Roland Garros:
"We have another exciting edition of the Roland-Garros this year, and
I think every player is excited to be participating and giving himself a
chance to do well in one of the most chic Grand Slams of the year. I'm extremely honoured to be playing again and being part of this
whole Parisian experience. I think it's a tournament that has a very
special place in my heart, starting my journey on clay courts and
getting to be literally in the palace of clay courts and the best place
that has to offer tennis in terms of tradition and history."