World no. 1 Novak Djokovic is through to his 15th Roland Garros final following a tremendous 6-7, 6-7, 6-1, 6-0, 4-0 victory over the young gun Lorenzo Musetti. Making a debut at Roland Garros, Lorenzo won three matches and moved closer to stun an 18-time Major winner before Djokovic shifted into a higher gear to crumble the opponent and celebrate his fifth victory from two sets to love down when the Italian retired in the decider.
The opening two sets lasted for two hours and 20 minutes, and Musetti was the more composed player, taking them both despite the fact there was nothing to separate them. Still, a teenager couldn't follow that pace in the rest of the clash, struggling physically and standing powerless against the rival who raced his level to dominate until the very end and avoid an early exit.
We saw pretty much everything that tennis has to offer in sets one and two, with great defense, attacks and beautiful strokes from every part of the court.
Novak Djokovic dropped only 14 points after the second set against Musetti.
Defending his backhand with crafty slices and enduring the exchanges, Lorenzo stayed in touch with Novak and overpowered him when it mattered the most to build a massive advantage.
They traded breaks in games four and five in the opener to stay neck and neck, with both players serving well in the remaining games to set a tie break. Lorenzo climbed back from 4-1 down and converted the third set point at 8-7 to gain a massive advantage after over an hour.
The second set followed the same pattern, with Musetti holding a break for a moment before Djokovic pulled it back to set another tie break that the Italian won 7-2 after firing from all cylinders. Novak raised his game drastically in the third set with no room for errors, dominating the court and losing only six points to take it 6-1 in under half an hour and gain momentum and confidence.
With nothing left in the tank, Lorenzo grabbed only four points in the fourth set to experience a bagel and move away from the finish line that looked within his reach after the second set. Dropping 14 points after the second set, Novak raced into a 4-0 lead in the fifth set before Lorenzo retired to propel the Serb into the last eight, where he plays against another Italian Matteo Berrettini,