Djokovic wins at the end of the suspense against Tsitsipas and qualifies for the final of the Rolex Paris Masters

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Djokovic wins at the end of the suspense against Tsitsipas and qualifies for the final of the Rolex Paris Masters

It took 2h19 of play and a tie-break in the third set to see Novak Djokovic and Stefanos Tsitsipas decide. But as in eight of their ten previous meetings, it was the Serb who had the last word (6-2, 3-6, 7-6) and will play his 56th Masters 1000 final on Sunday, the eighth in Paris. On a series of 20 victories in a row (excluding Laver Cup), the current 7th in the world will aim, against the young Dane Holger Rune (19 years old), who fell for Felix Aguer-Aliassime, a seventh title in the 12th arrondissement, 13 years old after the first…

The qualification could have taken shape much earlier if the two men had continued the momentum of a one-sided first set. Never in the right tempo, neither in service nor on his return games, Tsitsipas suffered the lightning of an imperial Djokovic on his commitments (16 points won out of 17) in the wake of a tournament without any break.

But after 32 service games won in a row, the boss of the Accor Arena gave up his face-off at 2-2 when the Greek had just appealed to the public to finally break free and enter the match. fight. We had been playing for 55 minutes and an ola at the change of sides greeted the performance. Twenty minutes later, Djoko glared at his clan at the loss of the second set on a forehand fault.

An undecided third set until the end

In the third act, the level of play reached heights at times, Tstitsipas holding his service games despite the constant pressure from his opponent. Thanks to his first ball (71% success against only 56% for his opponent in this set) and above all by holding the backhand diagonal facing the Serbian wall, which is no small feat with one hand, Tstitsipas saved two break points at 1-1, then two more at 4-4. He then took on a thrilling audience in a boiling tie-break.

At 3-3, he got the mini-break on a huge point of defense but he paid cash for this burst of energy in the next two. Serving at 5-4, Djokovic did not let his chance pass. The finger on the ear, he wanted to tell the public who had pushed for the Greek that here, the boss, it is always him.

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