'He's like a Formula 1 car': Stefanos Tsitsipas hails 'close to perfection' Novak Djokovic before French Open
"He's like a Formula 1 car: every single small detail can disrupt his rhythm," Stefanos Tsitsipas said of world No. 1 Novak Djokovic after he lost out to the Serb in the final of the Italian Open ahead of the start of Roland-Garros. "He makes sure every single thing that he does is reaching as close to perfection as possible." Stream the 2022 French Open live and on-demand on discovery+
Djokovic 'pleasantly surprised' with win over Tsitsipas to seal sixth Italian Open title
Djokovic will be the world No. 1 for the 370th week after he became the oldest Rome champion aged 34 years, 11 months and 23 days. He said after the win over Tsitsipas that the triumph had been the culmination of the hard work he has put in over recent months to prepare for Roland-Garros.
"I pleasantly surprised myself," Djokovic said in his on-court interview afterwards.
"Even though I have a clear gameplan and strategy coming into the match I knew what was expected of me from the other side. I knew what I had to do.
"The tie-breaker I was an inch better, maybe calmer, but it was a tight tie-break for both of us certainly."
He added: "Two days ago [against Felix Auger-Aliassime in the quarter-final] I played great. I've been building my form the last couple of weeks.
"Like the previous years, I knew that my best shape on the clay usually comes around Rome time.
"It couldn't be a better time to come into Roland-Garros with a title in this wonderful tournament."
"Blessed and priviledged' - Djokovic on reaching tour landmark of 1000 wins
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