Despite a tough fight, two-time champion Novak Djokovic managed to secure a spot in the fourth round of the French Open, defeating Spanish 29th seed Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in a 7-6(4) 7-6(5) 6-2 victory on Friday.
Djokovic is determined to surpass the injured champion Rafa Nadal and earn his 23rd Grand Slam title. The match took place at Court Philippe Chatrier, and Djokovic entered the game with the memory of his previous loss to Davidovich Fokina in Monte Carlo.
The 36-year-old Serbian, Novak Djokovic, was quickly reminded of his previous struggles against Davidovich Fokina in their 2022 match. Davidovich Fokina‘s man-bun hairstyle added to his formidable presence on the court, as he had Djokovic on the ropes with some heavy hitting and impressive drop shots.
Despite struggling on serve, Djokovic managed to level the first set at 3-3 and ultimately won it with a stunning crosscourt winner that elicited a thunderous response from the crowd. The second set was a wild ride, with Djokovic responding to an early break by securing two of his own, only to drop serve again later in the set.
Despite facing some challenges, including three double faults and a time violation, Djokovic was able to double his lead and win another tiebreak. He called in a trainer for an apparent left leg issue, causing concerns that the injury that plagued him during his run to the Australian Open title in January had returned.
However, Djokovic remained focused and pulled away in the third set to secure the victory in style.