In Rome in 2008, Novak Djokovic won the first Masters 1000 match on clay. The following year, he returned to the Foro Italico and advanced to the semifinals. Between Novak and Rome’s second championship were the two finest players in the world, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. The Serb passed the first test in the semi-final by defeating Federer 4-6, 6-3, 6-3.
After two hours and eleven minutes, Novak overcame Roger, falling behind 3-1 in sets two and three before winning the final set to set up the Rafael Nadal match. For the fourth time overall and for the first time on clay, Djokovic defeated Federer. To win, he held off eight of his 11 break attempts and collected five breaks.
Federer had break chances in the third game of the second set when rain washed them off the court for 70 minutes, preventing him from extending his advantage to 6-4, 3-0 and moving closer to the finish line. When they came back, Djokovic played with more vigor and dominated the set to force a decider.
The Serb revealed that he played with greater vigor and endurance once they went back on the court and acknowledged that it would have been challenging to equal Roger if he had gone up 6-4, 3-0. When play restarted, Djokovic held off a break opportunity at 1-3 to stay in the match before getting broken to even the game at 3-3.
The Serb produced an amazing comeback and won the set on his serve at 5-3 after the Swiss committed another backhand error in the eighth game, dropping the score to 5-3. After dropping five straight games, Federer recovered to win two easy at-bats early in the final and, with the help of Djokovic‘s erratic forehand in game four, broke him at 15 to take a 3-1 lead.
Djokovic is discussed by Goran Ivanisevic.
Novak Djokovic is still unsure if he will be able to compete in the 2023 Australian Open and if his three-year suspension, which was imposed after his extraordinary ejection from Australia last January, would be overturned by the present administration, which is not the same as it was at the time of “Djokogate.”
In an interview with Croatian publication Sportske Novosti, Goran Ivanisevic discussed his player’s two victories in Tel Aviv and Astana after having questioned Djokovic‘s participation in the Masters 1000 in Paris.
“He played quite well, particularly in Astana. Even though he hadn’t competed in any events since Wimbledon, it seemed as if he hadn’t taken a break at all “, began the Croatian coach before addressing the complex situation surrounding the Australian Open. “Australians must now make the decision, Novak has not changed his position on vaccines and his health.”