Former world No. 1 John McEnroe said Novak Djokovic "outclassed" Pablo Carreno Busta and the conditions at the French Open would be perfect for the Serb in a potential final against Rafael Nadal. Djokovic, seeded at No.
1, recovered from a set down to beat world No. 18 Carreno Busta 4-6 6-2 6-3 6-4 in the French Open quarterfinal. Djokovic plays No. 5 seed Stefanos Tsitsipas in the French Open semifinal, while record 12-time French Open champion Nadal is set to meet Diego Schwartzman.
"Djokovic outclassed Carreno Busta,” McEnroe told Eurosport, per Tennishead. “Carreno Busta is the type of player that the top guys measure their games against – they don’t feel like they should lose to them.
“More importantly to me is not that Novak got the stiff neck [during the match], it’s that he got through it. “He is still in the Grand Slam – and if he goes through to play Rafa in the final which is what most people think, these conditions are absolutely perfect for him”.
Carreno Busta called out Djokovic
Djokovic struggled on the court early on in the match and he was forced to take a medical timeout. But Carreno Busta wasn't having it as he appeared to suggest that the Serb was faking an injury.
"He didn't surprise me [that he asked for a MTO]. It's a good thing. It's a sign that he is losing and that I was playing well, because he always does that. It's something that he has been doing for years.
When he is down, he asks for the trainer," Carreno Busta said after losing to Djokovic, per Jose Morgado. After the match, Djokovic explained his problems. "I definitely didn’t feel great coming into the court today.
Few things happened in the warmup. I had to deal with those physical issues coming onto the court. As the match went on, I felt better, didn’t feel as much pain," Djokovic said, per Max Gao. "I had some neck issues and some shoulder issues.
I’ll just say that. I mean, I don’t want to get really too much into it. Obviously I’m still in the tournament, so I don’t want to reveal too much. "I’m feeling okay. I think, as I said, as the match progressed, I warmed up by body, and the pain kind of faded away. It allowed me to play better and better and feel better."