The favourite for the tournament, World No. 1 Novak Djokovic will compete in his 10th career semifinal at Roland Garros on Friday. The Serb has been in superb form at the tournament this year, losing just one set in five matches. He also has an astounding win-loss record of 36-1 in 2020, with the only defeat being his disqualification at the US Open last month.
However, the one set Djokovic has lost in Paris was in his most recent match, against Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta on Wednesday. He looked uncomfortable throughout that encounter, supposedly carrying an injury he picked up earlier in the tournament. The Serb had his neck taped from the start, and his left arm seemed to be giving him a lot of discomfort. He overcame those struggles to produce a performance that was just enough to beat Carreno Busta, but if the injury refuses to go away it could hamper him in the semifinal too.
Meanwhile his opponent Stefanos Tsitsipas, the No. 5 seed at Roland Garros 2020, has also had an excellent tournament so far. His toughest match came in the first round against Jaume Munar where he went down two sets to love, but Tsitsipas came roaring back to win the match in five. Since then the Greek’s level has only improved with every round; he has cruised past every subsequent opponent in straight sets. Tsitsipas had a particularly great match against Andrey Rublev in the quarterfinal, where he won comfortably with a 7-5, 6-2, 6-3 scoreline. This is Tsitsipas’ first career semifinal at Roland Garros and unlike his next opponent, the Greek looks fully fit and raring to go.
Djokovic, as we all know doesn’t lose easily but Novak Djokovic and Stefanos Tsitsipas have faced off five times on tour so far, with the Serb currently leading the head-to-head 3-2.
Djokovic’s injury could be a huge factor too, and Tsitsipas would certainly be fancying his chances of reaching his maiden Grand Slam final. Assuming Djokovic’s injury isn’t that bad and he is 80-90% fit, he is going in as a favourite.
Prediction: Djokovic wins in four sets.