Five-set champion Novak doesn’t just raise the white flag

Henry

If you look up “resilience” in the dictionary, you might find a photo of Novak Djokovic along with the description.

Because whether you like the 37-year-old Serbian or not; he does not simply make a turn on the plain of despair.

As usual, Djokovic launched an excellent comeback when he beat Francisco Cerundolo 6-1, 5-7, 3-6, 7-5 and 6-3 in their French Open duel.

The winner of 24 Grand Slam titles took the first set effortlessly 6-1, but Cerundolo then swung the scepter to win the second and third sets.

Still, Djokovic is a tennis freak; A player who can stand his ground against much younger players. Moreover, his previous match – also a five-set thriller against Lorenzo Musetti – only ended after 03:00.

In addition, he also hurt his knee early in the clash against Cerundolo.

According to Djokovic, the injury hampered his mobility on the court and he did not want to drag out the bursts of shots for too long.

“It was not at all easy to suddenly change direction. I honestly didn’t know if I should keep playing or not,” he said.

But he refused to raise the white flag and he was at his very best in the fifth set to celebrate his 370th victory in a Grand Slam match.

That’s more wins than Roger Federer (369), Rafael Nadal (314), Jimmy Connors (233) and Andre Agassi (224).

He thanked the spectators – they encouraged him to be at his best.

“Just like in my last game, this victory was also your success. Thank you very much for your support.”

But after two five-set victories in a row, Novak Djokovic is undoubtedly the five-set master.

Results:

Mirra Andreeva beat Varvara Gracheva 7-5 and 6-2

Aryna Sabalenka beat Emma Navarro 6-2 and 6-3

Jasmine Paolini beat Elina Avanesyan 4-6, 6-0 and 6-1

Elena Rybakina beat Elina Svitolina 6-4 and 6-3

Alexander Zverev beats Holger Rune 4-6, 6-1, 5-7, 7-6 and 6-2

Casper Ruud beat Taylor Fritz 7-6, 3-6, 6-4 and 6-2

Novak Djokovic beats Francisco Cerundolo 6-1, 5-7, 3-6, 7-5 and 6-3

Alex de Minaur beat Daniil Medvedev 4-6, 6-2, 6-1 and 6-3.