French Open: Novak Djokovic keeps fighting
Grand Slam record winner Novak Djokovic also cleared the next hurdle at the French Open and is in the round of 16 in Paris.
by SID / tennisnet
last edit: Jun 03, 2023, 09:16 am
Djokovic had to fight for a long time against the Spaniard Alejandro Davidovich Fokina, but in the end he won 7: 6 (7: 4), 7: 6 (7: 5), 6: 2.
"I knew it would be difficult and very physical. He's a fantastic player, a fantastic fighter who has few weaknesses. That was a great match," said Djokovic, who only converted the match point after 3:36 hours. The first two movements alone lasted almost three hours.
Djokovic on the way to becoming record major champion?
Djokovic is still aiming for the third title in Roland Garros after 2016 and 2021 and wants to become the sole record holder with 23 Grand Slam successes in the absence of his permanent rival Rafael Nadal. His main competitor to win the tournament, the Spanish world number one Carlos Alcaraz, is fighting for a place in the round of 16 late on Friday evening.
Djokovic on fire!
Djokovic once again convinced with his ability not to make any mistakes unnecessarily in the crucial moments - he didn't make a single "unforced error" in the two tie-breaks.
Djokovic didn't let the controversial audience get him down either, which he raised with big cheering gestures during the game. Nor from an injury to the left thigh.
He now meets Juan Pablo Varillas.
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