Lorenzo Musetti crowns Novak Djokovic: "He is a legend"

The Italian tennis player celebrated the Serb at the end of the 3rd round match at the Roland Garros

by Lorenzo Ciotti
Lorenzo Musetti crowns Novak Djokovic: "He is a legend"
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"It was the most intense challenge of my life and he showed why he is legend, the immortal champion of this sport."

The epic battle between Novak Djokovic and Lorenzo Musetti in the 3rd round of the Roland Garros is perhaps the most exciting and spectacular match of the 2024 tennis season, to date, and, at the end of the challenge, the young Italian crowned the Serbian champion, defining Djokovic a legend. A mix of emotions, considering how Djokovic, in the second set, seemed one step away from the abyss and recovered, winning the third set and shifting the momentum of the match in his favor

Novak Djokovic
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Musetti has shown that he has recovered his confidence and physical form, considering how his 2024 so far has been rather disappointing. The Italian - after praising Nole by calling him a legend - then analyzed the match, trying to see the positive side, despite the painful defeat in the 5th set.

"Since he broke me in the fourth set, things have changed, which is a shame because the match was going well and at a certain point I believed in it. I felt like I was master of the field; then from that break it's as if he took off the chains and started playing at an incredible level. Tonight the best won, I have few regrets and my team is also very satisfied. Today all that was really missing was the victory," he said.

Lorenzo Musetti, Roland Garros 2024
Lorenzo Musetti, Roland Garros 2024© Clive Mason / Staff - Getty Images Sport

The match lasted 4 hours and 32 minutes of play; a point-to-point battle and Musetti left the court exhausted, collapsing in the fifth set after four sets of great balance.

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