Novak Djokovic updated his records with other super datas, at the ATP Masters 1000 in Paris-Bercy. There are at least three statistics to highlight after the complicated success achieved by the Serbian champion against Tallon Griekspoor in the round of 16 of the Rolex Paris Masters.
First of all, Djokovic reached the quarter-finals in Paris-Bercy for the ninth consecutive time, the eleventh in his career since his debut in the tournament in 2005. In 2023, the Serb has reached the quarterfinals in ten out of eleven tournaments played.
Only Lorenzo Musetti stopped him before the finish line in question at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters. Last but not least, the data relating to the results achieved since Roland Garros, because Djokovic has won 28 of the last 29 matches played.
The only one to beat him from the Parisian Slam to date was Carlos Alcaraz in the Wimbledon final, winning the second Major of the season. The 4-6, 7-6(2), 6-4 achieved against Griekspoor prefigures a rather suggestive scenario.
The opponent to beat to access the semi-finals will in fact be Holger Rune, a tennis player who prevented him from triumphing last year in Paris-Bercy and who has decided to rely on his former coach Boris Becker.
The match against Griekspoor
In the first set, Djokovic immediately took the lead by putting pressure on Griekspoor in response: the Dutchman tried to force a forehand on the break point but his shot did not cross the net.
Ahead 4-1, the Serbian suddenly lowered his performance and started misjudging more than one ball. Griekspoor took advantage of this by scoring the counter break in the seventh game, being ready for the drop shot attempted by Djokovic.
The games in a row collected by Griekspoor became five and ended the set at 4-4. Djokovic committed an unusual length error with his backhand. During the break between one set and another, the Serbian had a brief conversation with the physiotherapist for an unidentified problem but which influenced him for a good part of the dispute.
Griekspoor wasted the chance offered to him by Djokovic at the start by calibrating his response badly, but did well to come back from 0-40 in the second game. Three convincing firsts allowed the 36-year-old to still stay in the match at 4-4 and recover from 15-40.
In a season that has often seen him enchant his opponents in tie-breaks, Djokovic left only two points on the way and grabbed an unexpected third set. The Dutch took refuge in the advantages at 1-1. He failed to do the same in the next innings.
Djokovic tried to respond on the court with more continuity and Griekspoor couldn't hold up with his forehand. The Serbian hesitated again and allowed his rival to equalize, complicating his life with a painful double fault. At 4-4, however, Djokovic challenged the crowd and literally took the decisive break to zero.
• Ex-Wimbledon champ rips 'digusting' situation in which Novak Djokovic was placed• Serena Williams' ex-coach fires brutal warning to Novak Djokovic's 2024 competition• Tomas Machac shares why it's difficult to beat Novak Djokovic even with great display• Ex-French Open champion details why Novak Djokovic now 'fears' Jannik Sinner• Novak Djokovic's racket secrets revealed!• Alex de Minaur repeats Novak Djokovic after demolition loss to Jannik Sinner