Novak Djokovic is about to break the umpteenth Roger Federer's record

The Serb is about to deliver another sensational milestone to the Swiss Maestro

by Lorenzo Ciotti
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Novak Djokovic is about to break the umpteenth Roger Federer's record
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The epic battle that ended in the 5th set rewarded Novak Djokovic, as if a ray of light had pierced the darkness of the Serbian's subdued season, so far. A victory that could turn a dramatic season for the 24-time Slam champion. Nole, one step away from the abyss in the 3rd set against the Italian Lorenzo Musetti, managed to get back up and find the strength to achieve yet another great victory in an extraordinary career, winning in 5 sets after actually facing elimination, qualifying for the 4th round of the Roland Garros. At the end of the match, Djokovic had words of praise for his opponent but many insiders and fans underlined the incredible resilience of the 37 years old.

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The one against Musetti is also a historic challenge. The Serbian champion won his 369th match in Slam tournaments, joining Roger Federer, who held this record. 369 victories, one step away from shattering yet another record belonging to the Swiss Maestro. A record that seemed difficult to reach, like the 20 Slams and the weeks at the top of the ATP rankings. Djokovic has rewritten tennis history once again.

And to think that Djokovic was down 2-1 against Musetti, close to a surrender that would also have meant abdicating the throne of men's tennis in favor of Jannik Sinner. Djokovic didn't give up, he strengthened himself and played high-level sets, also taking advantage of the young Italian emotional and, above all physical decline. Round of 16 reached and the challenge still open for Roland Garros and number one with Nole who has no intention of abdicating.

In the meantime, Djokovic and Musetti gave life - as mentioned - to a wonderful show, which would have deserved a completely different stage in the stands. At 3.07am Paris time, following 4 and a half hours of play, the Serbian champion - as mentioned - achieved the victory after finding himself 2-1 down. No other match in the history of Roland Garros had ever reached that point. In fact, the grueling fight between the Serb and the Italian is the latest finished match ever in Paris.
The record was thus taken away from another match involving an Italian tennis player: Jannik Sinner who, in the 2020 edition, led him to play in the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam for the first time in his career. Jannik found himself on the other side of the net the King of Clay Rafael Nadal, later winner of the Slam. the match ended at 1:30 in the morning in Paris, with the final score of 7-6, 6-4, 6-1.

Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic© Clive Mason / Staff Getty Images Sport
 

Returning to the Djokvoic match, it must be said that Musetti came really close to writing an important page in his career in France. Compared to three years ago, when Philippe Chatrier won the first two sets before surrendering to Nole's strength, Musetti showed a high level for three and a half sets. His physical declines revitalized Djokovic at the same time, who seemed to be in great difficulty and who regained control of the match before achieving an epic victory.

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