Novak Djokovic v Stefanos Tsitsipas Live Streaming, Prediction & Preview for ATP Rome Open 2022: Djokovic To Win First Title Of Season

Novak Djokovic v Stefanos Tsitsipas Live Streaming & Predictions

World number one Novak Djokovic meets Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas in the finals of the 2022 ATP Rome Open on Sunday, May 15.  Get the live streaming options of this Novak Djokovic v Stefanos Tsitsipas match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.

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Novak Djokovic v Stefanos Tsitsipas Head to Head

Djokovic leads the head-t0-head 6-2 having won their last 5 meetings in a row, including all meetings on clay.  Their last  three meetings have gone to final sets, i.e, French Open 2021 and 2020, as well as the Masters 1000 here in Rome last year.

Tsitsipas’ last win came in the Masters 1000 in Shanghai in 2019.

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World number one Novak Djokovic has not had the best of seasons, beginning with his controversial dismissal from the Australian Open, followed by a third round loss in Dubai, and then not playing the Sunshine Masters due to vaccine rules in the US.

The clay swing was not the kindest to the defending champion at Roland Garros with a loss in the Monte Carlo opener to Alejandro Davidovich Fokina and then being pushed to three setters in all his matches in Belgrade before a loss in the finals to Andrey Rublev, including a 0-6 third set.

Djokovic looked to be hitting good form last week in Madrid before losing an epic semi-final to the rising Spanish teenage sensation Carlos Alcaraz.

With an excellent record here in Rome, it was Novak Djokovic in the opening rounds with straight set wins against Aslan Karatsev and Stanislas Wawrinka.

In a record 16th quarter -final in as many appearances here in Rome, the world number one put out a stiff contest against Canadian Next Gen Felix Auger- Aliassime prevailing 7-5, 7-6 (7-1) in two tight sets.

With a record 370th week as world number one in the bag, the Serb was off to a clinical start in his semis against Casper Ruud breaking twice to go up 4-0.

Although the Norwegian improved the quality of his game and engaged Djokovic in some splendid rallies, including breaking him at 5-2 serving for the set it was all too little in the bigger picture.

The world number one put up his best display of the week and looked at his fluent best with a 6-4, 6-3 win and a 1000th career singles match win on the ATP circuit, becoming only the fifth person to do so.

Djokovic starts as a strong favorite in Sunday’s final and looks in good touch heading into the French Open eight days from now.

Tsitsipas Continues Strong Clay Form

After a good start to the season making the semi-finals at the Aussie Open, Rotterdam and Acupulco, Stefanos Tsitsipas lost his way a little during the Sunshine Masters.

However, the Greek did well to pull back on clay winning the Monte Carlo Masters 1000 for a second year in a row and then despite losing out to Carlos Alcaraz in Barcelona, did well to make the semis at Madrid last week despite ending up on the wrong side of a decider against German Alexander Zverev.

It has not been the easiest of times for Tsitsipas this week, being down match point to Grigor Dimitrov in the second round before coming through in a final set tiebreak against someone he seems to be playing weekly this season.

A first set less to Karen Khachanov ensued, but it was vintage Tsitsipas winning a three-setter thereafter.

The Greek looked back at his best in his quarter-final against home favorite Jannik Sinner, prevailing in straight sets to make the final four.

Up against Alexander Zverev in the semis for the third consecutive time after Monte Carlo and Madrid, it was always going to be a battle and so it was.

Zverev drew first blood taking the opener 6-4, but it was a more balanced Tsitsipas thereafter dominating the second set with an early break to level the match at 6-3.

An even deciding set followed with both players holding serve for 2-2 but then it was a mix of a heavy hitting Tsitsipas and some unforced err0rs from Zverev that saw the break go in favor of the Greek to go up 3-2 followed by good serving by Tsitsipas himself.

Serving to stay in the match at 3-5, the pressure was on Zverev and he succumbed getting broken to love with Tsitsipas making a second Masters 1000 final this year and in turn having made all three clay Masters 1000 finals in his career now.

Djokovic v Tsitsipas  Prediction and Tip

This promises to be a good match with both players in good form on the clay and it will be down to who is better on the day.

While Tsitsipas has been consistently good  this swing since Monte Carlo, Djokovic has got better every week and looked especially good this week, yet to drop a set.

Expect a good fight and some great rallies but the world number one is close to being back at his best and will prevail in a decider for another Rome title and his first title of the year.

Tip: Djokovic to win in three sets: 3/1 (Click Here to Bet with bet365)

The 2022 ATP Rome Open will be played from May 9 to 15. You can watch & bet on these matches here. Get your latest premium tennis predictions here.

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Samir is a New York based Wall Street credit analyst, who is always ready to get into analytical discussions on the men’s tennis circuit. He loves his tennis & cricket.

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