Novak Djokovic has captured the title that has eluded him for many years. He has been to the French Open Finals 4 times, he lost twice against Nadal and last year to Wawrinka. This year Djoker was a man on a mission. He was up against his closest friend Andy Murray world number 2 who dispatch Wawrinka in the semis in 4 sets. Djokovic lost the first set after breaking the first service game of Murray. Andy was able to capitalize on 3 straight games and thus he won the first set 6-3.
It may seem like it was going Murray’s way but the World #1 was out for war after the questionable call that favored Murray on a service that was called out but after reviewing it was in, from that point on Novak was in beast mode. Novak went on to win the next 3 sets beating Murray 6-1, 6-2, 6-4,
With the win Novak has 12 grand slams two behind Nadal and Sampras, 5 behind Federer’s 17. In my opinion even if Novak doesnt get 17 Grand Slam Titles he can be considered the greatest of all time yet due to the competition that he had to go through.
Djokovic is also only the 3rd tennis player to get all Grand Slams within the same year, the only other 2 are Rod Laver in 1962 and Don Budge in 1938.
Novak will be the favorite to win the 2016 Wimbledon open in June 26 and the Rio Olympics.
Here is the replay of the Match courtesy of Tennis Highlights:
Simon on the left congratulation Novak Djokovic on his victory.
6-3, 7-6, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3.
The World #1 emerges out of this grueling battle against Gilles Simon the current world #15. Djokovic had a total of 100 unforced errors and yet managed to stay focus on the fifth set to be the victor, to move on to the quarter finals.
Djokovic will face Kei Nishikori who dumped Jo-Wilfred Tsonga in straight sets (6-4, 6-2, 6-4). People may think that Djoker is beatable and was rattled against Simon so Nishikori’s chances are better. I dont have any doubt on Nishikori’s playing style because its like Djokovic’s game when Novak was still starting. Nishikori is aggressive and loves to chase the ball and deliver that massive back hand, the Signature shot of Novak Djokovic. Kei was able to defeat Djokovic in the the semi-finals of US Open 2014.
It maybe a bad sign for Djokovic and a good sign for Nishikori as they have contrasting victories yesterday. I wouldn’t be too fast to write off Novak, because when he gets it together he puts on a phenomenal tennis play.
This is the tournament that Novak has dominated for he has won this 5 times already (2008, 2011-2013, and 2015). He has surpassed Roger Federer who has 4 wins. (2004, 2006, 2007 and 2010).
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Highlight of the amazing duel between Simon and Djokovic: