On Monday, Novak Djokovic was being beaten by over two hours and two sets. An Italian teenager, who is 19, and was playing in his debut Grand Slam was outplaying the Djoker. However, Djokovic said afterward that the game was under his control, which the results proved to be correct.
Another Impressive Performance From Djokovic
Along with Djokovic, Nadal was also facing some trouble against his 19-year-old Italian opponent. But it lasted for about 45 minutes. Then he extended his streak in Roland Garros to a consecutive 35 sets. He also ties Djokovic in a record number of quarterfinal appearances – 15, for the French Open.
Djokovic had lost out in two tiebreakers back to back. But then he switched on his trademark top tennis. He claimed the upper hand in 13 consecutive sets. Lorenzo Musetti could not continue playing thereafter because of pain in his lower back as well as cramps. He was trailing 4-0 in the discontinued set.
No.1 seed Djokovic said that he preferred playing younger guys in 5 game series. He loves his chances even if his opponent takes a couple of sets from him. He is now 34 years old. His confidence comes from his physical fitness and his knowledge of how to his opponent down.
Rafael Nadal, 35, was trailing Jannik Sinner, the No. 18 seed, early on by 5-3. Nadal praised his opponent and said he had a great future ahead of him. But Nadal went on to claim 8 consecutive games. He has won the French Open 13 times.
Novak’s opponent Musetti was not used to the Majors format of best-of-five. So at the end of the fourth, he took his leave medically. He said that it made no sense if he kept playing. He had reached his limit and could hardly move to keep up the rallies.