Melbourne (Australia) – A curious situation happened during Novak Djokovic’s press conference after his victory over Alex de Minaur in the round of 16 of the Australian Open last Monday. The Serbian was answering a question about his greater experience on the big stages compared to his direct opponents in the tournament and was in doubt if the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas had already played in a Grand Slam final.
In fact, Tsitsipas has already been in a decision and against Djokovic himself, on the clay of Roland Garros in 2021. On the occasion, the Serbian achieved a great turnaround, coming from two sets below to win the 19th of his current 21st Grand Slam titles.
“Being the only one left in the tournament who has already won a Grand Slam is of course flattering me, but I don’t think it will make much difference. I see that Tsitsipas is probably the most experienced of all in the quarterfinals. He has already played in the final stages of Grand Slam a few times. But I think he never played in a final, am I wrong?”, said Djokovic, who was remembered by the interviewer: “You beat him at Roland Garros. It was a great match, you turned the game around.” Soon after, the Serbian thanked the memory: “That’s right. That’s right. Sorry, sorry (smiling)”.