Almost two weeks after his incredible success at the Roland Garros 2021, where he won his 19th Grand Slam, Novak Djokovic has reached yet another final of his career. This time, however, the Serbian champion will play the final in the men's doubles at the ATP 250 in Mallorca.
Djokovic decided to play the Spanish event to get familiar with the new surface and received a wild to compete alongside Carlos Gomez-Herrera. The two went above and beyond their expectations and eliminated the tournament's number one and number three seeds.
In the first case they won the final super tie-break against one of the best couples, that is the one formed by Marcel Granollers and Horacio Zeballos; in the second they folded Oliver Marach and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi in two sets.
Nole said in the press conference: "We didn't think we would reach the final in this tournament. But if we play well, we can respond and serve very well. I also think we have a pretty solid game at the net. In the last few days, everything has gone surprisingly for us.
I am super excited to share the pitch with Carlos and to have reached our first final together." The Spaniard, for his part, could not help but express all his joy for this important victory: "For me it is a real pleasure to play with him.
I think everyone has noticed: we are very relaxed on the pitch and we are just having fun. If we play like this we can go further and further; and it happened, because we are in the final." The first time I trained with him was in 2010, I didn't even know who he was.
What stands out most about Novak is his transparency: he is exactly as you see him. He is now doing something that no one had ever done before, which is to lend a hand to a group of players who were often overlooked. Novak has always supported me over the years, so just sharing the pitch with him means a lot to me."
Roger Federer closer to retirement?
The return to Halle of the Swiss champion and twenty-time Grand Slam winner Roger Federer lasted much shorter than expected with the Swiss tennis player who succumbed in three sets to the young Canadian talent Felix Auger Aliassime.
Beyond the tennis player's performance, what appeared strange and in some ways worrying was Roger's attitude on the pitch, disheartened and now resigned in the third set to a fate that seemed almost obvious. In addition, the media appeared concerned that Federer delayed his press conference by two and a half hours.
After the defeat against Felix Auger Aliassime, Roger Federer made the following statements: "I needed time to digest the third set, I was disappointed with how the match ended, something similar to what also happened in Geneva.
Honestly, at the end of the match, I didn't know what to say. From the three victories at Roland Garros I have gathered a lot of information on the matches, then changing surfaces is not easy at all, Felix is a great tennis player and he played better than me.
For my part, I didn't have a good attitude, I felt disappointed in how I felt and how things were going. All the difficulties followed me and I was not able to push them away. I realized it wasn't my day and there was nothing I could do.
I am neither happy nor proud." Finally, however, there remains a glimmer of hope: "If you look at the 1500 races or so that I have played in my career these are things that can happen and the good thing is that I know that it will not happen to me the next time I will be on the pitch, I talked to Ivan Ljubicic (coach) and I understood everything.
I just have to be positive and think about the next goal, which is Wimbledon." Finally speaking of the physical problems Roger concluded: "The rehabilitation process has been a great challenge for me, anyone who has undergone several surgeries knows what I am talking about and this is the my biggest concern."