Eurosport tennis expert Mats Wilander absolutely enjoyed watching world No. 1 Novak Djokovic and No. 3 seed Rafael Nadal grind it out on the clay courts of Roland Garros. Djokovic, seeded at No. 1, entered the match as the underdog to Nadal but ended up stunning the record 13-time French Open champion 3-6 6-3 7-6 (4) 6-2.
Djokovic led 5-3 in the third set but failed to serve out for the match and then faced a set point in the 12th game. However, Djokovic saved a set point in the third set and then won the tie-break to take a 2-1 lead. Nadal started the fourth set with a 2-0 lead but his lead was short-lived as Djokovic claimed three consecutive breaks to overturn the deficit and win in four sets.
“I haven’t [seen a better clay court match],” the Swede told Eurosport, per Tennishead. “It seemed like the courts were playing really fast and they had so little time and both players had to anticipate when the other player hit.
“Novak, that’s as aggressive as I have seen him be on a clay court especially at Roland-Garros. “This is clay court tennis at a different level to me because it was so quick and Novak was getting so much pace on his shots.The movement and the feel at the net, the athleticism, everything is incredible”.
Djokovic tactially outsmarted world No. 3 Nadal
"The first two sets, we’re not going to talk about them but that’s what made the difference. Novak went out in the first set and said I’m going to play every other shot to Rafa’s forehand and every other shot to his backhand, so 50:50.
“Then in the second set he played three out of four to the backhand, then he had moved Rafa over to his forehand and now the backhand was open. Rafa didn’t get out of that trap Novak had set for him