Novak Djokovic, 34 years old and No. 1, is having a glut of Italian tennis. He suffered a bird before the young man Lorenzo Musetti, leaving the first two sets. He also had his troubles with the most mature (25 years) and world top-10 (9th) Matteo Berrettini. He had to wait until dawn to win, after stopping to vacate the stands due to the curfew and after having had a good chance of sentencing on the fast track.
‘Nole’ made reality, by fits and starts, the confrontation dreamed of since the draw with Rafa Nadal. He defeated Berrettini by 6-3, 6-2, 6-7 (5) and 7-5 in 3h. 28 ‘. He could have finished earlier but with 5-4 and two serves in the ‘tiebreak’, he made two errors in a row, right paths to the net, which cost him to do extra work, put himself on the verge of a nervous breakdown.
Kick, scream, racket
He kicked a billboard when he missed two match points. He faked the javelin throw with his racket, but he didn’t let go. He screamed like a maniac looking at his technical team and family.
He was showing a crack-free serve, tracing all three ‘break’ balls against, and sharp groundstrokes. He failed with the left, which lost effectiveness from so much reiteration, being more a vice than a trick, but the general tone of the Serbian had given for a sentence in three sleeves.
It did not close, it lengthened the outcome, that 5,000 fans were lost, since before 11 at night they were invited to gradually leave the installation due to the curfew in Paris, which has been delayed two hours on the clock but continues . With Djokovic 3-2 in the fourth set, the players returned to the locker room to make it easier for people to leave. Twenty minutes without tennis.
Yes Rafael Nadal reached his best level to subdue the Argentine Diego schwartzman, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 and 6-0, Novak Djokovic accumulated filming but at the cost of physical and mental wear and tear because Berrettini grew up threatening the Balkan with causing him a good headache. “It has been a great battle against a player who serves so well,” said the Balkan, who did not deliver his serve throughout the duel.
Djokovic, champion in 2016, will play his eleventh semi-final. He has won five and lost as many. Before him what he considers “the most difficult challenge in the world of sport.” Overthrowing the thirteen-time Roland Garros champion at Roland Garros, a Rafa Nadal who, whenever he has passed the quarters, has ended up lifting the Musketeers Cup.
Their 58th duel, with 29-28 for ‘Nole’, although with 1-8 at Roland Garros. Nadal has won his last five matches on clay, including the 2021 Rome finals (7-5, 1-6 and 6-3) and Roland Garros 2020 (6-0, 6-2 and 7-5), the freshest antecedents.