For the fifth time in his career, Novak Djokovic recovers two sets of disadvantage and he wins. Last time, on the Wimbledon grass-courts in 2015, he canceled a double 7-6 from Kevin Anderson. Instead, he had to remedy a situation of this kind in Paris in 2012 against Andreas Seppi.
On Philippe Chatrier, in the 4th round of the Roland Garros 2021, nine years later, the Serbian champion makes a comeback after two very complicated tie breaks on young Italian Lorenzo Musetti. The Italian talented player, who finds himself totally short of physical and mental energy after an enormous effort, however, acts as a completely necessary presence between the third and fifth set.
Even due to the difficulties he opts for retirement after four games. The 6-7 (7) 6-7 (2) 6-1 6-0 4-0 that matures on the threshold of three and a half hours of play is probably the most brutal of the epilogues. Musetti, a rookie at the Grand Slam level, leaves Paris with very good sensations and with two superstar sets against the number one.
For Djokovic it will be the forty-ninth time in the quarter-finals in a Major.