Former British No. 1 Andrew Castle absolutely enjoyed watching Novak Djokovic perform in the sets three and four against Pablo Carreno Busta at the French Open. 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. After struggling with an injury and the game early in the match, Djokovic performed much better in the second part of the match and escaped with a win. "With Nole fanboys and girls now upset at me for suggesting anything negative about their idol let me say this: Djokovic produced some of the most beautiful tennis I have ever seen in winning sets three and four," Castle said in his contribution post for Metro News UK.
"Using every angle, every spin, mixing his heights over the net and changes of pace and depth, he demonstrated what a sporting master he is. Both players acknowledged each other’s prowess at times, which was heartening to see, although the Spaniard seemed a little cross after the match at some of the theatrics from the first set, where Djokovic made it plain for all to see he was struggling with issues in his neck and left arm.
Nevertheless, the standard Djokovic produces at times is the highest I have had the privilege to witness. It is a joy to watch any endeavour taken to these heights."
Castle rooting for a Djokovic and Rafael Nadal final
Djokovic will clash No.
5 seed Stefanos Tsitsipas in the French Open semifinal, while record 12-time champion at Roland Garros, Nadal, takes on Diego Schwartzman. "Remember he is the only player in this golden generation to have held all four major championships simultaneously and has not lost a completed match this year," Castle noted.
His rivalry with Rafa Nadal is 55 matches old and I’d love to see that as Sunday’s final. I can’t pick a winner. And isn’t that the essence of why we watch?" Before Djokovic's quarterfinal clash against Carreno Busta, Nadal's coach Carlos Moya was asked if they were thinking about the Serb in the final.
"Novak Djokovic is playing at a great level. He played a very hard game against Karen Khachanov and he solved it quite well. He is a great player and I think that he is the player who benefits the most from all those conditions of this Roland Garros.
We are concentrating on our work for the semifinals and if the moment arrives to face Djokovic it means that Rafa is in the final and that Djokovic has won his two matches. Nole has a complicated match today with Pablo Carreno Busta so little by little," Moya told Eurosport Spain, as revealed by Jose Morgado.