World No. 1 Novak Djokovic has underlined that he won't be taking top-ranked Italian Matteo Berrettini for granted when they meet at the French Open. Djokovic, who captured his lone French Open title in 2016, made the quarterfinal at the tournament following a Lorenzo Musetti withdrawal.
Djokovic was up 6-7 (7) 6-7 (2) 6-1 6-0 4-0 before Musetti retired the match. Berrettini, who made his maiden Grand Slam semifinal at the 2019 US Open, was given a walkover by record 20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer.
“[He has a] big serve, big forehand – two big weapons,” said Djokovic, per the ATP website. “He's in form. He finished the last year very strong. He started this year strong as well, beating Dominic Thiem in Australia, playing [a] really good ATP Cup.
He just has so much firepower in his game. [I will] need to be at [my] best in order to have a chance to win”.
Djokovic survived a scare
Musetti recovered from a break down in the first set, before stealing the opener in a tie-break.
Musetti blew an early second-set break but again won the set in a tie-break to go up by two sets. After losing two tight sets, Djokovic absolutely dominated the rest of the match, before Musetti decided to retire. Meanwhile, Argentine Diego Schwartzman beat Jan-Lennard Struff 7-6 (9) 6-4 7-5 to set up a quarterfinal against Rafael Nadal.
"I love this country, I love Paris. I think my best tennis is always here," Schwartzman said in his on-court interview. "It was not a good clay season, but when I came the first day here, I was feeling very well again.
I'm very happy to be back, very happy to be in the quarter-finals again. I'm not very happy to maybe play Rafa in the next round, but let's see what happens this time." Struff blew a 5-1 first-set lead and a total of seven set points.
"I did many mistakes. I think at the beginning of the match, he had the first set very easy. I made a comeback. Then in the second I was two times a break down. Then in the third I was up, then I was not sure to close the match," Schwartzman said.
"It was a weird match, but it sometimes happens. The important thing is I won in three sets. I'm just thinking positively right now."