Novak Djokovic Another ho-hum looked well on the way to victory, another match at the French Open final, another match against a rival Rafael Nadal. Then, all of a sudden, a gallop was crushed into one.
More than two hours against his semifinal Stephanos Chitsibas On Friday night, Djokovic was serving for the match, one point from finishing things in straight sets. Just. One. Point. But a lower-back-back went a wide width, and Djokovic rolled his eyes, and in the end, he was caught in a bad situation, somehow pushed to five sets.
As usual, however, it is very important. Djokovic stopped Chetsibas 6-3, 6-2, 5-7, 4-6, 6-1, the youngest, lowest-achieving player, to reach his fifth title at Roland Carros.
“I was quiet on the surface, but Djokovic said,‘ But deep down, it’s a completely different thing. “
The 33-year-old No. 1 from Serbia stands in the way of Djokovic on Sunday at the Court Philippe Chattier – where he will continue his second trophy and finish 18th in all Grand Slam tournaments – as is often the case with No. 2 Natal, 34, from Spain.
This will be their 56th meeting between the two men in the professional era (Djokovic leads 29-26), 16th (Nadal leads 9-6) and eighth at the French Open (Nadal leads 6-1).
“This is his house,” Djokovic said.
Nadal said it would be nice to have others discuss things like this, but his focus is square on the task at hand.
“I play the most important match of the year – that’s what motivates me,” he stressed.
When Nadal dealt with a little tension late on Friday in his third set, everything was much more interesting in his second big semifinal for Djokovic against the 22-year-old Citsibas of Greece.
Djokovic won 5-4, holding the match to 40-30. He will need 1 more 45 minutes to complete the work.
That one misplaced door left little Azar in the doorway, and the chitchat stopped. When Djokovic sent a forehand length, he became 5. When Djokovic hit a forehand and received one of those five items, Tsitsipas broke again to steal the set.
What changed? Citsipas began to push further, taking action against Djokovic, whose measurements began to increase in less time to accurately measure.
Also notable: the biggest oscillation of success at break points.
Djokovic started by changing four of the five, and then he was one of 13.
In contrast, Chittagong started as 0 for 10 and then went four for five.
After the fourth set, Djokovic changed socks and shoes, and Chitsibas received a medical visit to check his left leg.
“I believe my body is not ready,” Chitsibas admitted. “Physically, I’m not really there.”
Djokovic now leads 32-10 in five sets and 216-1 in two sets at the Grand Slam. (Individual loss at the 2010 French Open against Jர்கrgen Melser.)
சிட்சிபாஸ்? Only 2-4 in five sets.
If so, Djokovic, who relies on drop shots in all competitions, will use the right one to break the 2-1 lead in fifth place. It went 4-1 when Chitsibas made a double mistake.
“I feel, can say happy – at the same time, sad,” Chitsibas said.
Djokovic is now 37-1 at 2020, the only setback caused by his disqualification at the US Open last month.
“Of course, he’s Novak, in his style of play, he’s almost perfect in the way he plays,” Chitsibas said.
Nadal advanced to the French Open 99-2 – go ahead and read again – including 25-0 in the semifinals and finals, where he is seeking his fourth consecutive title in Paris.
He has won all 15 sets he has played in the last two weeks, making fun of the explanations as to why this year is different for so many reasons, and may be different for Natal in the City of Lights.
The change in dates from May-June to September-October due to the COVID-19 epidemic brings cold weather. Fresh, slightly heavier, tennis balls. U.S. Nadal’s decision to skip the Open has only been three matches since he resumed tennis in August.
And then it was this: Natalie Schwartzman upset in straight sets on clay at the Italian Open last month.
The afternoon sun on the court created awkward shadows over most parts of the court and blindfolded the brightness at one end, prompting Schwartzman to wrap his backward baseball cap around the edge to protect his eyes.
Only 1,000 visitors are allowed daily due to the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in France, and when Swartzman kept the set close until the third third, the scattered crowd cheered him on.
Eventually, fans cheered, “Ra-Fa! Ra-fa! ”Because they have been there many times in the past.
“You can not play without Roland Carros’ final. That’s what happened,” Nadal said of the tight third set. “But I found a way, didn’t I?”
Djokovic did the same.