Stefanos Tsitsipas isn’t going to let Novak Djokovic’s slight injury concern change the way he approaches their French Open semi-final clash on Friday. Tsitsipas booked his place in the final four earlier in the day after defeating Andrey Rublev comfortably in straight sets.
The world No 6 then had the evening session to find out who he would face out of Djokovic and Pablo Carreno Busta.
At one stage, it looked as though an upset was on the cards as well after the Spaniard took the first set.
Djokovic didn’t appear comfortable at all as he was clearly hampered by neck and arm injuries sustained before the match.
He had been spotted receiving treatment on his neck on the practice courts and he grimaced at times on his serve.
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Djokovic took a medical timeout after the first set with concerns over whether he be able to continue.
But the 33-year-old returned with new-found energy as he soon levelled the match.
Carreno Busta wasn’t going away easily as he tested Djokovic throughout, but the world No 1 eventually got the job done.
He now has a day’s rest before taking on Tsitsipas on Friday, who hasn’t dropped a set since the first round.
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The Greek tennis star has played some of his best tennis this tournament and if Djokovic is off his game or is hampered by the injury even more then an upset could well be on the cards.
Tsitsipas though isn’t letting anything distract him from how he’s going to approach the semi-final as he bids to reach his first Grand Slam final.
“An injury is not going to play anything,” Tsitsipas said.
“I have to play the way I have to play.
“We might as well just forget about it because I’m approaching that match with the same intensity and the same focus that I’ve been doing the last few matches.”
It’s the second time Tsitsipas has reached a Grand Slam semi-final after reaching the same round at the 2019 Australian Open.
But he isn’t resting on his laurels as he remains confident of one day becoming a Grand Slam champion.
“I’ve been expecting since a young age to potentially triumph at these Grand Slams,” he said.
“I’m happy that I’m able to be in a position where I am today. It’s very, very satisfying.
“I think I can learn from the previous one. I’m chasing something spectacular.”
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