World No. 1 Novak Djokovic has admitted that he and his partner Carlos Gomez-Herrera didn't expect to reach the Mallorca doubles final. Djokovic, who won the French Open two weeks ago, decided against playing singles ahead of Wimbledon.
Instead, he decided to play doubles in Mallorca with Gomez-Herrera. On Thursday, Djokovic and Gomez-Herrera beat third-seeded Oliver Marach and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi 6-3 7-6 (4) to reach the Mallorca final. “I don’t think we expected to reach the finals,” Djokovic said in an on-court interview.
“But if we play well, we can return very well, we serve very well and I think we have a quite solid net game. “All around, everything clicked quite amazingly in the last several days for us. I’m just super thrilled to share the court with him and to reach our first final together”.
Gomez-Herrera thrilled to play with Djokovic
Djokovic and Gomez-Herrera claimed the first break of the match in the sixth game and served out for the opener in the ninth game. In the second-set tie-break, Djokovic and Gomez-Herrera realized their second match point to book a straight-set win.
“For me it’s such a pleasure to play with him. I think [everyone] saw, we are so relaxed on court and we’re just enjoying [ourselves],” Gomez-Herrera said. “If we play like this, we can keep going until I don’t know when.
And it happened, we are in the final”. After winning the French Open, Djokovic is aiming to win the Mallorca doubles title. "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 after the French Open final. "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."