Novak Djokovic reached the quarter-finals of the Roland Garros 2021, where he will be engaged in another difficult challenge against the Matteo Berrettini and this success in the fifth set gave the Serbian yet another prestigious record in an extraordinary career.
This is in fact the 31st victory of Novak Djokovic in the fifth set in the Grand Slams events, and in this way the Serbian champion has overtaken Roger Federer, stopping at 30 wins in the fifth set. Nine tennis players have achieved at least 24 successes in the fifth set in the Open era and now Novak Djokovic is at the top of this particular ranking where, curiously, Rafael Nadal is not part of but there are other active tennis players like the Croatian Marin Cilic Japanese Kei Nishikori and Stan Wawrinka.
Over the years Novak Djokovic has reached and surpassed Roger Federer in several extraordinary records, the last one was that of last March where the Serbian champion overtook Roger in the number of weeks at the top of the ATP rankings.
In the 4th round match of the Parisian Slam against the young Italian tennis talent Lorenzo Musetti, Nole showed his all his cunning and his mental solidity. And all the experience of him: he first let his young rival vent, systematically depriving him of all physical and mental energy, then destroying all the opposing defenses and winning the three remaining sets.
Musetti won the first two sets playing a great tennis match and building an advantage with two tiebreaks, but undergoing the harsh reaction of Nole. The Serbian tennis player took advantage of a sharp decline in the Italian, increased his performance and easily won the third and fourth sets leaving only one game to his opponent.
The fifth set was on the same track as the last two but Musetti withdrawing from the tournament on the result of 4 to 0. Here is the complete ranking of tennis players with the most victories in the fifth set in the Grand Slams: Novak Djokovic 31
Roger Federer 30
Pete Sampras 29
Marin Cilic 27
Lleyton Hewitt 26
André Agassi 24
Ivan Lendl 24
Kei Nishikori 24
Stan Wawrinka 24
Djokovic and Nadal in the Roland Garros quarterfinals
After Novak Djokovic's victory against Lorenzo Musetti, Rafael Nadal's quick response arrives, in the fourth round of the Roland Garros 2021.
Nothing to do for Jannik Sinner, who serves with rather modest results for the first set and who fails to give a sense of comeback during the second. The Italian talent therefore fails to change the result in the replay of the quarter-final dated October 2020 and to move the zero from the box of the sets in direct comparisons.
The Spanish champion, who faces the 7-5 6-3 6-0 after just over two hours of play, reaches at least the quarter-finals on the clay-courts in Paris for the fifteenth time and now he will face Diego Schwartzman . The 21st Grand Slam and the record he now shares with Roger Federer are missing exactly three wins.
For the fifth time in his career, Novak Djokovic recovers two sets of disadvantage and he wins. Last time, on the Wimbledon grass-courts in 2015, he canceled a double 7-6 from Kevin Anderson. Instead, he had to remedy a situation of this kind in Paris in 2012 against Andreas Seppi.
On Philippe Chatrier, in the 4th round of the Roland Garros 2021, nine years later, the Serbian champion makes a comeback after two very complicated tie breaks on young Italian Lorenzo Musetti. The Italian talented player, who finds himself totally short of physical and mental energy after an enormous effort, however, acts as a completely necessary presence between the third and fifth set.
Even due to the difficulties he opts for retirement after four games. The 6-7 (7) 6-7 (2) 6-1 6-0 4-0 that matures on the threshold of three and a half hours of play is probably the most brutal of the epilogues. Musetti, a rookie at the Grand Slam level, leaves Paris with very good sensations and with two superstar sets against the number one. For Djokovic it will be the forty-ninth time in the quarter-finals in a Major.