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Djokovic won the second consecutive marathon in RG – in 4.5 hours! He fell and complained on the court

Date: July 18, 2024 Time: 05:21:11

The legendary Novak Djokovic was close to giving up the title of world number one. In the round of 16 at Roland Garros, he lost to Francisco Serundolo 6:1, 5:7, 3:6, 2:4. If Novak were defeated, Jannik Sinner would become world number one at the end of the French Open. But you’ll have to wait a little.

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Entering the duel with the Argentine Francisco Serundolo, number 23, Djokovic understood: to remain the first racket in the world, he had to reach the final of Roland Garros and hope that Sinner was not there. In the first set everything went according to Novak’s plan and according to the expectations of his fans. The Serbian tennis player, after escaping a double break point in the third game, then made two breaks in a row and led 5:1. Serving for the set, Djokovic missed three set points, then fought off two break points and took the game on the fourth try.

The problems began in the second game. With the score 2-1 in favor of his opponent (but without rest), Djokovic took medical leave due to problems with his right knee. Novak had to lie down on the court so that the physiotherapist could perform all the necessary procedures.


Photo: Clive Mason/Getty Images

Djokovic later said that the knee problem was due to the state of the court. According to the Serbian, it is necessary to clean the coating more frequently. “I hurt my knee and all I ask is that you clean the court more often. Because I keep slipping,” he said. But the supervisor disagreed with Novak and said we need to be consistent in what we do on all courts. He responded by calling it absurd.

Be that as it may, Djokovic lost the second game. He never came close to breaking Serundolo’s serve, and he himself fought to seven break points! But in the 12th game he couldn’t stand it and allowed the Argentine to take the set 7:5.

Novak also had no break points in the third game. Francisco had two of them and one converted was enough to win the set. Having won 3-0 with a break, the Argentine no longer let his rival let him in and took the game 6-3. At that time, according to key statistics, after three sets, Djokovic was already much inferior to Serundolo: in terms of winners – 29 against 41, in unforced errors – 29 against 22. In the transition, Novak again took a timeout doctor.

Francisco Cerundolo in a match with Novak Djokovic at Roland Garros – 2024

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The fourth set could have been the last. Djokovic lost the fifth game at 30-0 on serve. But in the eighth game the Serbian returned the break, something unexpected for a game like this, considering that he already had a break point in the first set. In the eleventh game, Novak played a break point, that is, a hidden match point, and in the twelfth he took advantage of the fourth set point on the reception (7:5), and the match flowed into the fifth set.

In the decisive match, the rivals reached 3:3, each making a break. At the same time, Djokovic slipped and fell on the court in one episode, after which he expressed everything he thought: “Good job, guys. You know everything better than us. Nothing slippery. It’s not dangerous at all.”

Novak Djokovic falls in match with Francisco Serundolo at Roland Garros 2024

Photo: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

In the seventh game, Novak served to zero, then served the game with 40-0 on the opponent’s serve (!), and in the ninth he served for the match: 6:1, 5:7, 3:6, 7. : 5, 6:3 for 4 hours 37 minutes.

Djokovic now holds the absolute record for the number of matches won in the TBS singles category:

Novak Djokovic – 370 wins Roger Federer – 369 Serena Williams – 367 Rafael Nadal – 314 Martina Navratilova – 306

In the third round, Djokovic also played a marathon, which ended early in the morning local time.


Djokovic played the last match in the history of Roland Garros

In the quarterfinals, Djokovic will play with the winner of the pair Taylor Fritz (USA, 12) – Kasper Ruud (Norway, 7). Novak spends his 428th week at the top of the list, while his closest pursuer, Roger Federer, who retired almost two years ago, has been the leader of men’s tennis for “only” 310 weeks. According to this indicator, the great Serbian will be the best in history for a long, long time.

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Puck Henry
Puck Henry is an editor for ePrimefeed covering all types of news.

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