Novak Djokovic will square up again Stefanos Tsitsipas in the Final match on Sunday, the Serbian appearing in the Italian Open Final for the fourth time in a row and the 12th time overall. They will compete on CENTER COURT at 10:00 am ET on Sunday, May 15. Here, We will analyze Djokovic vs Tsitsipas Match Preview, head-to-head performance, how to watch, and prediction in this article.
Djokovic vs Tsitsipas Match Details
- Tournament: 2022 Italian Open Final
- Match: Djokovic vs Tsitsipas
- Time: 10:00 AM ET on Sunday, May 15
- Round: Final
- Venue: Center Court, Rome, Italy
- Surface: Claycourt
- Prize Money: €6,008,725
- Live telecast: USA – Tennis Channel, Sling TV | UK – Amazon Prime Video.
Novak Djokovic, the 20-time Grand Slam champion, is getting in shape for the French Open by reaching again another Italian Open final by easily overcoming Casper Ruud. This was Djokovic’s 1000th tour-level victory. Djokovic made it to the finals here last year as well but fell short against Rafael Nadal in three sets. Djokovic hopes to go one further this year and capture his sixth Italian Open championship.
After Jimmy Connors, Roger Federer, Ivan Lendl, and Rafa Nadal, the 34-year-old is only the fifth man in the Open Era to surpass 1,000 victories. Under the lights, Djokovic broke Norwegian Ruud’s serve twice to take a 4-0 lead as the top seed made a quick start. Ruud broke Djokovic at 5-3 and maintained his serve, but the 20-time major champion won the set. Ruud survived three break opportunities in the eighth game of the second set before Djokovic broke for a 4-3 lead. Djokovic broke Ruud again as he won in 1 hour 42 minutes, and the Serbian will go for a record-extending 38th ATP Masters 1000 title in the final on Sunday.
Djokovic said of Tsitsipas prior of Sunday’s final: “He’s obviously in form.” He has been the top two or three clay-court players in recent years, always reaching the last stages of the main clay-court competitions, so I know tough matches are expected of me.”
Stefanos Tsitsipas had a difficult draw at the Italian Open 2022, but he overcame all of his challenges, but not without effort, as three of his four matches were three-setters. Tsitsipas will compete in his first Italian Open final, and he will be hoping to add a second Masters 1000 trophy to his collection in 2022, having won the Monte Carlo Open earlier this year.
Tsitsipas rebounded from the heartbreak of losing a hard-fought opening set to clinch a remarkable comeback triumph and reach the final in the Italian city for the first time this season in the third clay-court ATP Masters 1000 semi-final between the Tsitsipas and Zverev this season.
While Djokovic seeks his eighth career triumph at the Foro Italico, he also aims for a record-extending 38th Masters 1000 trophy, which would put him two ahead of Nadal. To prevent this from happening, Tsitsipas needs to win his first match against the Serb since the 2019 Shanghai Masters.
When is Djokovic vs Tsitsipas?
- Date: Sunday, May 15
- Time: 10:00 AM ET
Location of Djokovic vs Tsitsipas:
- Venue: Centre Court, Grand Stand Arena in Rome, Italy
- Capacity: 8000
The Djokovic vs Tsitsipas match will occur at the center court, Grand Stand Arena, Foro Italico.
Djokovic vs Tsitsipas Overall Performane
Following a difficult 2022, the Serbian prodigy has been rediscovering his footing at the Italian Open. Novak Djokovic advanced to the round of 16 by beating Aslan Karatsev in the round of 32. In the quarterfinals, World No.1 also overcame Felix Auger-Aliassime in two sets. Djokovic will seek to maintain his strong form in the semifinals on Saturday.
Tsitsipas overcame Karen Khachanov in the third round after surviving a scare in the second round against Grigor Dimitrov. In the quarterfinals, he defeated Jannik Sinner in straight sets, 7-6(5),6-2. Stefanos Tsitsipas advanced to the Italian Open final on Saturday, defeating Alexander Zverev 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 in an exciting last-four match in Rome.
Djokovic vs Tsitsipas head-to-head
Djokovic will play Tsitsipas in their first ATP Head to Head match since Djokovic’s five-set comeback in the 2021 Roland Garros final. Their title showdown in Rome is also a replay of last year’s quarterfinals in the Italian city, in which Djokovic won 4-6, 7-5, 7-5. Djokovic leads the series 6-2, with a 4-0 record versus the Greek on clay.
How to watch Djokovic vs Tsitsipas?
- USA: In the United States, the match Djokovic vs Tsitsipas will be aired on Tennis Channel and Sling TV.
- UK: UK fans can enjoy the Italian Open Semifinal via Amazon Prime Video.
- Canada: In Canada, the Djokovic vs Tsitsipas Livestream is available on DAZN, TSN, and Rogers Sportsnet.
- Australia: All of the action of Djokovic vs Tsitsipas will be broadcast live on beIN Sports in Australia.
- Italy: The match between Djokovic vs Tsitsipas will be broadcast live on Sky Italia by the host country.
Djokovic vs Tsitsipas Prediction:
Tsitsipas has not beaten Djokovic since 2020, losing the past four sets, the most recent being the French Open finals in 2021. Tsitsipas, on his finest day, can beat any opponent and is predicted to pull off a shock by stopping Djokovic from winning his sixth Italian Open championship.
Djokovic seemed to have regained his form. The movement and sliding are perfect. His backhand angles, in especially, are exceptional. His fitness has also improved since a few weeks back. His performances this week have been great, but he is raising up his game when it counts, which is Djokovic’s style.
This trend is what motivates me to support the great Serbian in this match. Djokovic has demonstrated in previous matches that he has that extra something when needed, and I feel that will be the case again tonight.
Prediction: Djokovic will win in straight sets.