Novak Djokovic has won for the fifth time in his career after coming back from a two-set deficit. He defeated 19-year-old Italian Lorenzo Musetti, who retired with an injury two games from defeat in the fourth round of the French Open on Monday.
Musetti took a medical timeout following the fourth set, temporarily exited the court, and eventually conceded after losing the next four games. 6-7 (7), 6-7 (2), 6-1, 6-0, 4-0 were the final scores. It was a sad ending for the lad, but he demonstrated his abilities in the first two sets. Djokovic dropped only 10 points in the third set and four in the fourth, winning the final 13 games.
However, the 76th-ranked Italian, who was making his Grand Slam debut, quickly went off the boil. Whereas the first two sets took 75 and 66 minutes, Djokovic swept the third in 24 minutes and the fourth in 17 minutes.
The latter hoped to reach the quarterfinals of the French Open for the first time. He enters the fight fresh off a five-round battle with Marco Cecchinato. He had won the first and second rounds in three sets against Y Nishioka and David Goffin, respectively.
Djokovic, on the other side, is aiming for his 19th grand slam crown. He needs a French Open triumph to pass Roger Federer and become the first man in history to win all four majors twice. In the final rounds, he defeated Ricardas Berankis, T Sandgren, and P Cuevas in three-set matches.
He’ll next play another Italian, No. 9-seeded Matteo Berrettini advanced when Roger Federer withdrew. He is expected to dominate Musetti who needs to play out of his skin if he wants to emerge victoriously.
Novak Djokovic advances after Lorenzo Musetti retires due to injury.
— ATP Tour (@atptour) June 7, 2021