Novak Djokovic was a man on the mission in Majors this year, winning 27 of 28 matches and barely missing the Grand Slam on the schedule. In June, Djokovic beat Rafael Nadal in the Roland Garros semi-final, prevailing 3-6, 6-3, 7-6, 6-2 after four hours and 11 minutes to score Nadal's third loss in Paris in recent 17 appearances.
Despite losing the previous five matches on clay to Rafa, Novak was determined to beat the king of clay on his beloved court and advance to the sixth final at Roland Garros, especially after that terrible loss to the Spaniard in the clash for last year's title.
Djokovic did his best to cross the finish line first, hitting 50 winners and dominating Rafa in the shortest and longest exchanges to secure his biggest win in Paris. Novak trailed 5-0 in the first set before finding his rhythm, fending off break opportunities late in the second set, saving a set point in the third and defeating Rafa in the fourth to emerge on top and stay on.
the title path. "It was the best match I ever participated in at Roland Garros and one of the three best matches I have ever played. The quality of tennis was high and I faced my biggest rival on the court where it has been so successful for the last 15 years.
The atmosphere was completely electrifying and we were both very supportive; it was just amazing. It's hard to find bigger words than all the superlatives you can imagine for Rafa's achievements at Roland Garros."
Jensen talks about Djokovic
Former Roland Garros doubles champion Murphy Jensen recently made an appearance on Tennis Channel, where he analyzed Novak Djokovic's two-handed backhand. Jensen explained that Djokovic has flawless technique on his backhand and pointed out that the Serb, like Roger Federer, always looks down while striking the ball.
"Someone I like a lot, Novak Djokovic, just that shot (backhand) alone, has redefined the rules of engagement," Jensen said in a video posted by Tennis Channel. Jensen then began to analyze a video clip of Djokovic preparing to strike a backhand.
Just as the ball approaches the Serb's racket, the American points out how the 34-year-old expertly shifts his entire weight to his back leg. "Where is he right in this moment? He's on his backfoot," Jensen said.
"You gotta get planted, do the weight transfer and the transition." Then, just as Djokovic makes contact with the ball, Jensen observes that the Serb's eyes are focused downwards -- something Roger Federer is also known to do.