Fatigued Stefanos Tsitsipas explains why he couldn’t back up Rafael Nadal win against Novak Djokovic

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Novak Djokovic pats Stefanos Tsitsipas on the shoulder after winning the Madrid Open
Tsitsipas was downed by Djokovic (Image: AFP/Getty Pictures)

Stefanos Tsitsipas reduce a pissed off determine of combined feelings following his complete defeat by the hands of Novak Djokovic, claiming he felt considerably ’empty’ as fatigue took its toll.

Having stormed to the title in Estoril final week, the Greek eighth seed loved a outstanding run to the ultimate in singles and the semi-finals in doubles on the Madrid Open however finally fell reasonably flat against the all-conquering Serb.

Djokovic was a reduce above in Sunday’s finale, profitable 6-Three 6-Four in an hour and 32 minutes, pulling Tsitsipas from pillar to publish because the 20-year-old struggled to become familiar along with his laser-sharp accuracy.

Tsitsipas had pulled off a outstanding win against Rafael Nadal in Saturday’s semi-finals, however couldn’t muster up one other heroic show against the highest seed. As ever, it proved simply how powerful it’s to beat these titans of the sport back-to-back on the similar occasion.

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‘First of all, it’s powerful bodily as a result of to beat these guys you all the time have to succeed in your most effort and to provide your highest, like, whenever you examine to different gamers,’ Tsitsipas mentioned.

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Tsitsipas hits a forehand against Novak Djokovic in the Madrid Open final
Tsitsipas was second finest (Image: AFP/Getty Pictures)

‘They just make you suffer, that’s all they do. It’s actually powerful to bodily address that and I feel that’s the most important challenges you could have if you’re ever going to play all of these guys in the identical match.

‘For sure, it’s a part of the plan sooner or later to get bodily higher, do every little thing higher, be extra skilled and keep away from these form of issues as a result of, as you could have seen, Djokovic and Nadal have been doing properly in tournaments over and time and again, week-by-week.

‘I think most of them have won Madrid, Rome, Monte-Carlo, which is just – the consistency level is just insane, it is amazing. So I really hope I get close to that. It is one of my dreams and my goals to be consistent with every single tournament that I play.’

Tsitsipas hailed the Serbian world No. 1’s efficiency as ‘smart’, whereas claiming he has the most effective backhand he has ‘seen in a human being’, however remained disenchanted that he wasn’t bodily at his finest after an extended week’s work.

‘He deserved the victory, he played unbelievable. I couldn’t do a lot. Actually like I feel his efficiency this week – I didn’t play with all the fellows, however fairly certain was the most effective.

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Novak Djokovic kisses the Madrid Open trophy after beating Stefanos Tsitsipas
Djokovic lifted the title (Image: AFP/Getty Pictures)

‘Bodily I used to be not there. My legs weren’t dealing with my thoughts. Fully I may really feel the fatigue and this soreness, not simply in my legs, however in every single place in my physique.

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‘I feel happy with my performance for a couple of days. At the same time, I feel empty. I don’t know. Empty. Not disappointment. Somewhat bit however not a lot, like often.

‘Just I’m so drained proper now that my thoughts shouldn’t be working and I don’t know. Like, I’m not considering of something proper now.

‘He played quite smart. He tried moving me around the court. He knew I had a tough match last night, so he took advantage of that knowing that, you know, he’s going to should make me run and endure extra and I simply didn’t have options.

‘He has the best backhand on tour I have ever seen in a human being. He controls it so well. He can play cross, he can play down the line the same way. And that’s very troublesome to take care of.

‘Usually some players have a good stroke, but it’s not that constant, so I discover if he’s in a day the place his serve works fairly properly, the location of his serve, his forehand shouldn’t be his largest weapon. He can hit it however it’s not his largest weapon.

‘But he can, if the backhand and the serve work really well, he can – that is why he has been dominating for so many years.’

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