‘Novak Djokovic inspires me – his tennis has reached near perfection,’ says Stefanos Tsitsipas

Stefanos Tsitsipas says Novak Djokovic have achieved ‘almost perfection’ and has inspired him to attempt to follow him.

Djokovic and Tsitsipas played out a wonderful five-set semi-final at Roland Garros on Friday before the world number one eventually got over the line.

Tsitsipas came back from two sets down, but there was no stopping Djokovic on the night and he closed out a memorable win.

For the Greek star, though, he says that what he learned from  Novak Djokovic may be even more valuable than what he could have won.

“For sure he has reached almost perfection, Novak, in his game style, the way he plays, which is unbelievable to see honestly,” Tsitsipas said after the match.

“That inspires me a lot to go out and work and try to reach that perfectionism, that ability to have everything on the court.”

On the match itself, Tsitsipas revealed he was hampered by an injury in the closing stages.

“I’m both happy and sad of the loss. At the very end of the match, an injury I had in Rome came back.

“It was difficult to close the match in a fighting way, in a fighting spirit.

“I’m happy that I came back to two sets all.”

Djokovic will now face Rafael Nadal in the final of Roland Garros. If he wins it, he will be the only man to ever win every Grand Slam twice.

Nadal is also fighting for a piece of history, and he will equal Roger Federer’s Grand Slam record of 20 titles if he can overcome the Serbian ace.

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