Novak Djokovic shares respect for Musetti, after their epic battle

The Serbian tennis player praised his young rival's tennis, after the incredible 3rd round of the Roland Garros

by Lorenzo Ciotti
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Novak Djokovic shares respect for Musetti, after their epic battle
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One way or another, Novak Djokovic found the strength and tennis to win a match that seemed to be over, to overturn a destiny that seemed already written, even at the Roland Garros. But Nole is perhaps the champion of champions, the one who knows how to find the glimmer of hope even in the darkest moments, when he finds himself with one and a half feet on the edge of the abyss. The Serbian tennis player beat Lorenzo Musetti in five epic sets, refusing defeat with all his strength.

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In the post-match interview, Djokovic wanted to praise his opponent and thank the crowd who waited until the last point before leaving Court Philippe-Chatrier.

"Hello everyone. I will try to speak in French because you all deserve it. What can I tell you, first of all we must give big compliments to Musetti. He is a very talented player, I even gave him one in the net at the end of the match. He came very close to victory today. There was a moment when I could no longer find solutions, it was impenetrable. He did everything with a very high quality and without making too many mistakes. You deserve a big thank you, you gave me great energy in the moment I was below in the third set. It's amazing that you stayed until the end. Who can sleep now? It's impossible to go to sleep with all this adrenaline. If there's a party you're going to this evening, I'm coming with you."

No match has ended so late in the history of Roland Garros. A match that provided entertainment and emotion, despite the late hour, which would have deserved an atmosphere worthy of the quality expressed on the pitch by both protagonists.
Musetti came close to an incredible victory against the Serbian champion, but in the end it was the talent of the ATP No.1 who rightly prevailed.

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