The deposed king of Roland Garros, Rafael Nadal, did not give the sceptre to the Serbs Novak Djokovicwhat or what او He will have to fight him in an intergenerational duel against the Greek Stefanos TsitsipaS, younger than 14, is a rookie on the final step of a Grand Slam tournament.
Serbian number 1 in the world, You already know what it means to beat Nadal in Paris and not lift the title. It happened to him in 2015, when the Spaniard upheld the second defeat of his career on Parisian clay, but then fell in the final to Swiss Stan Wawrinka.
Now, Djokovic has a new opportunity with two more prizes: Become the first tennis player in the Open Era to win every Grand Slam tournament at least twice And to put for the first time in his career one of Nadal and Roger Federer.
His name will be marked again in history. Because For the second time, he wins the title that Nadal denied him many times, which he finally managed to defeat completely in a glorified duel in the semi-finals.
But Tsitsipas He also has his arguments, and it is not in vain that he is the tennis player who has been giving the best season, with him 39 victories, 22 of them on clay, He only had three defeats, against Norway’s Casper Ruud in Madrid, against Nadal in Barcelona and against Djokovic in Rome.
But in Monte Carlo he earned his first 1000 masters and arrived in Paris with special determination, ready to lead the generation he had coveted for years. To force the replacement of the so-called “Big Three”.
To do that, He will have to defeat the world number 1 in his first final, having done it in quarters with the number 2, Russian Daniel Medvedevand became the youngest winner of a great title since Juan Martín del Potro of Argentina at the 2009 US Open.
After defeating the German in the semi-finals Alexander Zverev, Tsitsipas has already made sure to grab the No. 4 Thiem in the world and He can beat Nadal by 3 if he lifts the cup. The Spaniard will leave the podium for the first time since June 2017, right after Roland Garros regained after a two-year drought in Paris, his longest without a title since he was first lifted in 2005.
hour: 13:00 GMT (10:00 ARG – URU / 09:00 CHI-PAR / 08:00 COL-PER-ECU-MEX)