The imperative Novak Djokovic marks Stefanos Tsitsipas as the future world No.1
Stefanos Tsitsipas has what it takes to win Grand slam titles and become a world number one future, best ranked Novak Djokovic said after tearing down the Greek to win the Dubai Tennis Championship title on Saturday.
Djokovic, Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer have shared all Grand slam s between them since Stan Wawrinka won at the 2016 US Open and Tsitsipas has been marked as one of the few players capable of breaking that stranglehold in 2020.
The 21-year-old Greek has risen to number six in the world rankings and finished the 2019 season by winning the ATP Finals crown.
Tsitsipas fell in the Dubai final for the second time in a row, having lost to Federer in the title clash last year.
I love the fact that he is more than a tennis player and is always looking to learn from the experience and understand something new about himself so he can improve, improve, Djokovic said after his 6-3, 6-4 victory. .
"That for me is a trait of a champion, of someone that for sure has a great potential to be No. 1 of the world and win Grand slam s and be a great ambassador of our sport. He already is, but he has a great future ahead of him, I'm sure.
One goes through the process of self-realization and learning, maturation and then understands what is good for you in life, in your career. He is already a mature man. He is very intelligent, very wise.
Djokovic's triumph was his fifth in the Dubai Tennis Championships and extended his unbeaten streak to 21. He has won 18 games this season, raising the ATP Cup with Serbia before an eighth Australian Open title in Melbourne.
Djokovic has won a winning streak of at least 20 games for the seventh time in his career and in the 2011 season he went 41-0 during a winning streak of 43 games before losing in the semifinals of Roland Garros.
One of the goals is to go undefeated all season, Djokovic said in an interview on the court before bursting out laughing. I'm not kidding. I'm not kidding, really.
His streak came to a tempting end when he fought three match points to beat Frenchman Gael Monfils in the semifinals in Dubai.
I am trying to seize the moment and appreciate where I am, he told reporters later, clarifying that defeat was not taken seriously.
I think this has been one of the best beginnings of all the seasons I had in my career. I feel very good on the court.
I have won many games in a row. I will try to keep that race.