'Novak Djokovic still seems determined to...', says legend

Djokovic made a swift victory against Cerundolo

by Simone Brugnoli
'Novak Djokovic still seems determined to...', says legend
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Novak Djokovic never dies. It's a case of saying so. After last night's marathon in which he emerged victorious against our Lorenzo Musetti, the Serbian champion did it once again, and came out of a match that seemed sealed. This time it was the Argentine Francisco Cerundolo who succumbed, forcing the world number one to work overtime again, but he failed to eliminate him from the Slam where he is the reigning champion.

Nole is in the quarterfinals of Roland Garros. For him, 370 career victories in the four most coveted and prestigious tournaments in the world. Extraordinary numbers that certify the immense greatness of the 37-year-old from Belgrade.

Thanks to this success, the 24-time Slam champion has definitively overtaken Roger Federer, stuck at 369. Behind the Swiss we see other champions who have made the history of this sport. Just to name a few, Rafael Nadal (314), Jimmy Connors (233), Andre Agassi (224).

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Djokovic never dies

No one has reached more quarterfinals than Novak Djokovic in a Slam. Once again, Federer paid the price, having been overtaken by Djokovic, who reached 59.

At the end of the match, the Balkan record-man, exhausted but very happy, wanted to thank the crowd that pushed him into yet another feat: "I have to thank you very much. The victory belongs to the crowd, I had to come back from two sets down in the last match, but you gave me all this energy again.

I was one step away from losing this match", said Djoker, before turning to his opponent today: "I also want to congratulate Cerúndolo on his great match, which deserved more", he said. During a recent interview with France Television, WTA legend Justine Henin spoke about Nole Djokovic: "He once again found the means to come back from nowhere and this is really from nowhere.

We thought that this match might have been over. We keep in the back of our minds this ability of Djokovic to rise from the ashes," Henin was quoted as saying on France Television. "He's done it so many times but today we saw him struggling, unable to react.

His start left us with a lot of doubts so some had fears about his motivation at Roland‐Garros. He still seems determined to go further," Justine Henin said.

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