Novak Djokovic, the world number one, came back from two sets down against youngster LorenzoMusetti to reach the quarter-finals ofthe French Open on Monday, when his Italian opponent retired with discomfort in the fifth set.
1st seed Djokovic was outplayed by Musetti in two tiebreaks, but the matchshifted radically when theSerb
came backto win 6-7(7) 6-7(2) 6-1 6-0 4-0 and advance to the final eight for the 15th time in Paris.
Following Roger Federer’s withdrawal, Djokovicwill face another Italian, Matteo Berrettini, who was given a walkover.
Musetti, the world number 76, was threatening to knock Djokovic out of Roland Garros for the first time since 2009.
Musetti blew up after producing world-class tennis in two amazing sets, as the effort he had wasted to beat Djokovic caught up with him.
Musetti, 19, dropped the third set in 24 minutes and did not score in set four until the fifth game as the match slid away from him. Djokovicadmitted that he was
worried before the match even “liked” the fact that he lost the opening two sets.
“I felt nervous before the match. I don’t know, I just played under a certain kind of tension and wasn’t able to go through my shots.”
“Just not playing and not feeling great in the first couple of sets. But credit to him for playing well in important moments. After I lost the second set and went out to change and came back, I just felt different. I was a different player.”