Steve Flink: "Novak Djokovic disappointed at Roland Garros"

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Steve Flink: "Novak Djokovic disappointed at Roland Garros"

In the latest edition of the podcast hosted by Gill Gross, the well-known journalist Steve Flink expressed his opinion on the match between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic which took place in Paris. He explained: "The match between Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal at Roland Garros 2022 was very different from last year.

By 2021, Nole was in a competitive trance and felt perfectly at ease on the pitch. There were times when he smiled and it was noticed that there was positive energy inside him. Nadal, on the other hand, looked a bit gloomy. For some reason, the situation turned around this year.

Djokovic had negative body language and was annoyed by the crowd, while Nadal was on a cloud. My feeling is that - if they had reached the fifth set - both of them would have raised their level and we would have witnessed an epic battle.

It didn't happen, because Novak was not very cynical when he got the chance to close the fourth set." The Serbian will not play any tournament before Wimbledon.

Djokovic at the Roland Garros 2022

It was legitimate to expect something more from Novak Djokovic at Roland Garros 2022.

The Serbian star had presented himself in Paris with the status of first favorite for the victory, especially after the triumph in Rome without losing a single set. This edition of the French Open had to sanction the definitive return of Nole to the highest levels, as well as representing a greedy opportunity for redemption after the well-known Australian quarrel.

The 35-year-old from Belgrade had the chance to catch Rafael Nadal at 21 Majors, but things didn't go as he hoped. After strolling in the first week, Djokovic surrendered in the quarterfinals to his eternal rival Rafael Nadal.

Novak was the victim of too many ups and downs during the match, thus allowing the Spaniard to claw the victory in four sets. Goran's protege Ivanisevic will only have Wimbledon available to increase his showcase, given that he will hardly be able to fly to New York to compete in the US Open.