ATP Mallorca: Novak Djokovic, Carlos Gomez-Herrera save 2 MPs to win doubles opener

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ATP Mallorca: Novak Djokovic, Carlos Gomez-Herrera save 2 MPs to win doubles opener

Novak Djokovic and Carlos Gomez Herrera made a positive way to their Mallorca campaign, having beaten Tomislav Brkic and Nikola Cacic 5-7 6-4 13-11. The first break of the match was seen in the 12th game, when Brkic and Cacic realized their second set point to win a tight opener.

After losing the first set, Djokovic and Gomez*Herrera started the second set with a break. Djokovic and Gomez-Herrera failed to convert a break point in the fifth game and also failed to convert any of their two set points in the ninth game.

However, they kept their focus as they served out the 10th game to force a match tie-break. In the decider, Djokovic and Gomez Herrera saved two match points before realizing their second match point to complete a comeback.

Djokovic coming off a French Open win

Djokovic was playing his first match since winning the French Open. After beating Rafael Nadal in the French Open semifinal, Djokovic said: “Definitely the best match that I was part of ever in Roland-Garros for me, and top three matches that I ever played in my entire career — considering quality of tennis, playing my biggest rival on the court where he has had so much success and has been the dominant force in the last 15-plus years.

“And the atmosphere which was completely electric — for both players, a lot of support. Just amazing. I was very happy that there was no curfew, 11:00. I heard there was a special waiver, so they allowed the crowd to stay.

“Just one of these nights and matches that you will remember forever”. After beating Stefanos Tsitsipas in the final, Djokovic said: "I'm very proud of this achievement, being part of history of the sport I love.

I couldn't be more proud. Probably in the top 3 achievements of my career," Djokovic said, per Tennis Majors. Things looked bad for Djokovic after losing the second set but he regrouped and produced a stunning comeback.

I dropped physically and mentally in the second set. He dominated. Then I went back on the court, refreshed, like against Musetti. Then I got into his head."