sport news Novak Djokovic plays down fitness worries ahead of French Open final

Novak Djokovic plays down fitness worries after five-set epic with 'fighter' Stefanos Tsitsipas as he pledges 'great battle' with 12-time champion Rafa Nadal in Sunday's French Open final

By Adam Shergold for MailOnline

Published: 10:32 BST, 10 October 2020 | Updated: 10:32 BST, 10 October 2020

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Novak Djokovic allayed fitness concerns ahead of his French Open final showdown with Rafa Nadal despite a tough five-set match against 'fighter' Stefanos Tsitsipas.

The world No 1 appeared to be cruising to a quick straight sets victory over his Greek opponent but allowed Tsitsipas to battle back.

Djokovic ultimately prevailed 6-3, 6-2, 5-7, 4-6, 6-1 in Paris in a match that lasted three hours and 54 minutes.

Novak Djokovic roars after defeating Stefanos Tsitsipas to reach the French Open final

Novak Djokovic roars after defeating Stefanos Tsitsipas to reach the French Open final

Tsitsipas came back from two sets down on Friday but ran out of steam in the deciding set

Tsitsipas came back from two sets down on Friday but ran out of steam in the deciding set

It wasn't ideal after the Serb required treatment on his neck and arm during his quarter-final win over Pablo Carreno Busta at Roland Garros.

But Djokovic was quick to play down any injury fears as he turned his focus to what promises to be an epic with 12-time French Open champion Nadal.

'I'm not feeling exhausted physically so much after tonight's match,' he said.

'It was a great battle but I feel fine. I think a day and a half will be plenty of time for me to recover. I'm looking

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