The Spanish Alexander Davidovich Fokina (34th ATP) offered good resistance against the Serbian Novak Djokovic (3rd), but ended up losing 7-6 (7/4), 7-6 (7-5) and 6-2, this Friday in the third round of Roland Garros.
In three hours and 36 minutes the tennis legend needed his vast array of assets beat a brilliant Davidovich in the first two sets, who surrendered only at the ‘tie break’.
“It was a very physical match, three hours for two sets. He is a great player, a fighter and with no weaknesses in this match. I congratulate him on his match,” Djokovic said after the duel against the former player Alex Corretja.
Djokovic will continue his journey towards his 23rd Slam, with which he will draw with Rafael Nadal in the historic match they are playing, in the round of 16 against the winner of the duel between the Peruvian Juan Pablo Varillas (97th) and the Pole Hubert Hurkacz (14th).
It will be the 14th consecutive time the Serbian giant will appear the eighth Roland Garros.
It was a trap match for Djokovic against a Davidovich he knows well, with whom he trained several times in Marbella (south of Spain). and against the one lost last year at the Montecarlo Tournament.
In the first two sets Davidovich took the lead for many minutes but ‘Nole’ is a wallable to give back everything that comes to him and take advantage of every opening to do damage.
“Foki, Foki!” cried Philippe Chatrier, tipped with the Malagasy. A support that Djokovic didn’t like very muchwho showed his anger with gestures of dissent towards the stands.
Davidovich, quarterfinalist in Paris in 2021, lacked courage in the two ‘tie breaks’ against a precise Djokovic in this luck, but who lost his serve five times in the match. The decline came in the third sleeve, it multiplied the mistakes and delivered the lot.
“It’s an important win. I risked losing the second – Davidovich had a set ball – and we would have played five hours. I needed to make a big effort but I’m proud of my performance,” Djokovic said before heading to the dressing room .
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